Comparison of environmental inference approaches for ecometric analyses: Using hypsodonty to estimate precipitation

Rachel A. Short, Katherine Pinson & A. Michelle Lawing
Ecometrics is the study of community-level functional trait-environment relationships. We use ecometric analyses to estimate paleoenvironment and to investigate community-level functional changes through time. We evaluate four methods that have been used or have the potential to be used in ecometric analyses for estimating paleoenvironment to determine whether there have been systematic differences in paleoenvironmental estimation due to choice of the estimation method. Specifically, we evaluated linear regression, polynomial regression, nearest neighbor, and maximum likelihood...
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