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hp-rare 1.0: a computer program for performing rarefaction on measures of allelic richness



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    1. Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, U.S.A.
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The number of alleles in a sample (allelic richness) is a fundamental measure of genetic diversity. However, this diversity measure has been difficult to use because large samples are expected to contain more alleles than small samples. The statistical technique of rarefaction compensates for this sampling disparity. Here I introduce a computer program that performs rarefaction on private alleles and hierarchical sampling designs.

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