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Comparing Shannon entropy with Deng entropy and improved Deng entropy for measuring biodiversity when a priori data is not clear

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Department of Soil Science and Ecology, Süleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Forestry, 32200, Isparta, Turkey

FORESTIST 2018; 68: 136-140
DOI: 10.26650/forestist.2018.340634
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The various diversity measures used tomeasure biodiversity include the Margalef index, McIntosh index, Simpson index,Brillouin index, and Shannon entropy. Of these measures, the most popular isShannon entropy (H). In this study, with respect to measuring biodiversity, wecompare Shannon entropy-the essential aspect of information theory-with theDeng and improved Deng entropies, as proposed within the framework of theDempster–Shafer evidential theory. To do so, we used a hypothetical dataset ofthree complexes. Based on this hypothetic data, ecologically speaking, weobtained the most reasonable result from the improved Deng entropy. There aretwo reasons for this result: 1) Mass functions cannot be used when computingthe Shannon entropy, and 2) Deng entropy does not take into consideration thescale of the frame of discernment.

Cite this paper as: Özkan, K. 2018. Comparing Shannon entropy with Deng entropy and improved Deng entropy for measuring biodiversity when a priori data is not clear. Forestist 68(2): 136-140.

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