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This measure of equitability compares the observed Shannon-Wiener index against the distribution of individuals between the observed species which would maximise diversity.


If H is the observed Shannon-Wiener index, the maximum value this could take is log(S), where S is the total number of species in the habitat. Therefore the index is:


J = H/log(S).


There is a big problem with this index. You do not know S! The program assumes that the total number of species, S, is the maximum observed in any one sample.