Matrix Population Model analysis v12

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The Matrix Population Models Workflow provides an environment to perform several analyses on a stage-matrix with no density dependence:
- Eigen analysis;
- Age specific survival;
- Generation time (T);
- Net reproductive rate (Ro);
- Transient Dynamics;
- Bootstrap of observed census transitions (Confidence intervals of lambda);
- Survival curve;
- Keyfitz delta;
- Cohen's cumulative distance.

This workflow requires an instance of Rserve on localhost

This workflow has been created by the Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory (BioVeL http://www.biovel.eu/) project. BioVeL is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Program, grant no. 283359.

This workflow uses R packages ‘popbio’ (Stubben & Milligan 2007; Stubben, Milligan & Nantel 2011) and 'popdemo' (Stott, Hodgson and Townley 2013).


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