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M.P. Austin Inconsistencies between theory and methodology: a recurrent problem in ordination studies Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01467.x

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Comparisons of ordination methods are confounded by differences in algorithm, dissimilarity measure, data standardisation and ecological model assumed. This historical review recognises the relevance of three conceptual models, use of artificial data and the unresolved problem of standardisation. Ordination using non-metric multidimensional scaling, Bray-Curtis coefficient and stand standardisation rather than correspondence analysis is recommended as the current default option.

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