Keyfitz delta

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The Keyfit delta Workflow provides an environment to calculate the Keyfit delta value. Keyfitz’s delta is a measure of the distance between any two probability vectors (Keyfitz 1968). In this case is a measure of the distance between n (Observed Stage Distribution) and w (Stable Stage Distribution). The maximum value is 1 and the minimum value is 0 (when the vectors are identical).


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 was created using and based on Package “popdemo” in R.

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Keyfitz, N. 1968. Introduction to the Mathematics of Populations. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, USA.

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Stott, I., D.J. Hodgson and S. Townley. 2013. popdemo: Provides Tools For Demographic Modelling Using Projection Matrices. Version 0.1-3.

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