bc_measure_alpha - Measure alpha diversity of communities
bc_measure_alpha -input_files communities.generic \ -alpha_type 'chao1' \ -output_prefix community_alpha
This script reads files containing biological communities and calculates their alpha diversity. The output is a tab-delimited file containing the alpha diversity for each community, with the community names in the first column, and their alpha diversity in the second. Note that some beta diversity metrics are based on relative abundances, and may thus be affected by the weights you provide.
Input file containing the communities to manipulate. When providing communities in a format that supports only one community per file (e.g. gaas), you can provide multiple input files.
The types of alpha diversity metric to calculate:
* Richness metrics: observed, menhinick, margalef, chao1, ace
* Evenness (equitability) metrics: buzas, heip, shannon_e, simpson_e, brillouin_e, hill_e, mcintosh_e, camargo
* Indices metrics: shannon, simpson, simpson_r, brillouin, hill, mcintosh
* Dominance metrics: simpson_d, berger
See Bio::Community::Alpha for details about these metrics. Default: alpha_type.default
Tab-delimited files containing weights to assign to the community members.
When using a files of weights, define what to do for community members whose weight is not specified in the weight file (default: weight_assign.default):
* $num : assign to the member the arbitrary weight $num provided
* average : assign to the member the average weight in this file.
* ancestor: go up the taxonomic lineage of the member and assign to it the weight of the first ancestor that has a weight in the weights file. Fall back to the 'average' method if no taxonomic information is available for this member (for example a member with no BLAST hit).
Path and prefix for the output files. Default: output_prefix.default
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