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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-15-16a

To appear in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems FUZZ-IEEE'2015, Istanbul, Turkey, August 1-5, 2015.


One of the main objectives of ecology is to analyze, maintain, and enhance the bio-diversity of different ecosystems. To be able to do that, we need to gauge bio-diversity. Several semi-heuristic diversity indices have been shown to be in good accordance with the intuitive notion of bio-diversity. In this paper, we provide a theoretical justification for these empirically successful techniques. Specifically, we show that the most widely used techniques -- Simpson index -- can be justified by using simple fuzzy rules, while a more elaborate justification explains all empirically successful diversity indices.

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