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    This is the Formula, Shannon's diversity index H= −∑ (ρilnρi)

    I have worked out the (ρilnρi) part of the formula I just dont know what the −∑ symbols are asking me to do to the formula now, does anyone know please?

    (by the way the answer from the (pilnpi) section is a negative figure)


    Sorry for this post, its just im terrible at maths and would appreciate any replies , thanks !

    Luke
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    anyone ? :dong:
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    (Original post by CHLUNI)
    This is the Formula, Shannon's diversity index H= −∑ (ρilnρi)

    I have worked out the (ρilnρi) part of the formula I just dont know what the −∑ symbols are asking me to do to the formula now, does anyone know please?

    (by the way the answer from the (pilnpi) section is a negative figure)


    Sorry for this post, its just im terrible at maths and would appreciate any replies , thanks !

    Luke
    The sigma part just refers to summing the various pilnpi associated with each event. As you say these will give you a negative value when all summed, and then take the negative of the sum to find the diversity (or uncertainty, as I learnt it).
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    So how do you take the negative of the sum ?

    By doing minus 1 of the answer to turn it into a postive ?

    ( sorry for sounding like a complete smack tard but I'm soooooooooo bad at maths )
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    So how do you take the negative of the sum ?

    By doing minus 1 of the answer to turn it into a postive ?

    ( sorry for sounding like a complete smack tard but I'm soooooooooo bad at maths )
    Yes, just add them all up and then take minus your answer.

    Or equivalently, sum -(pi ln pi) for each i; that way you'd be summing positive numbers from the off.
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    so -(-myanswer) ........ right ?
 
 
 
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