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This project is a simple example of how to estimate the number of species using the sequential broken stick (lognormal) model. References include MacArthur (1957), MacArthur and Wilson (1967), Sugihara (1980), Solow (1994).
This method that a sample of individuals (m) is drawn from a community. The observed species in the sample (Nm) represent a sample of the true number of species (N). N may be estimated using ML or Bayesian techniques by integrating out uncertainty in the array of relative abundances (p).