Is normalization an acceptable alternative to rarefaction? Nope. (CC190)
Given the controversy around rarefaction an alternative that has been proposed is to use relative abundance data or normalization. In this Code Club, Pat uses R to compare pairwise distances from a null community model calculated using rarefaction, relative abundances, and normalization using the SRS algorithm with vegdist and avgdist functions from the vegan R package. He’ll show how to synthesize and visualize the data using tools from dplyr, ggplot2, and other tidyverse packages.
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