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Shannon-Wiener Diversity Index

Shannon-Wiener Diversity Index is a term in biology/ecology. It measures the rarity and commonness of species in a community. The calculator uses the following formula to calculate the Shannon-Wiener diversity index:

H = - S pi ln ( pi ) .

Here pi is the proportion of total number of species made up of the ith species.

Related glossaries are:

Richness (S): Total number of species in the community
Simpson Diversity Index (D): D = S pi2.
Evenness (E): E = H / ln( S ) .

Input Data Format

11   1    1
150  0    2
33   44   11
1    15   1
2    0    33

Here each column is one community, each row is one species, and the numbers are either probabilities or numbers found for each species.

Shannon Entropy (Information Content) Calculator

Shannon's entropy or information content is an important concept that bridges physical entropy and information theory. This calculator uses the following definition for Shannon's entropy:

H = - S pi log2 ( pi ) .

Here pi is the probability for the i-th event.

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