Comment on "Neutral ecological theory reveals isolation and rapid speciation in a biodiversity hot spot"

RS Etienne*, AM Latimer, JA Silander, RM Cowling

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Latimer et at. (Reports, 9 September 2005, p. 1722) used an approximate likelihood function to estimate parameters of Hubbell's neutral model of biodiversity. Reanalysis with the exact likelihood not only yields different estimates but also shows that two similar likelihood maxima for very different parameter combinations can occur. This reveals a limitation of using species abundance data to gain insight into speciation and dispersal.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)610B-+
Aantal pagina's2
Nummer van het tijdschrift5761
StatusPublished - 3-feb-2006

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