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README.md

AniMove algorithms for QGIS

QGIS provides a processing environment that can be used to call native and third party algorithms, making your spatial analysis tasks more productive and easy to accomplish.

AniMove plugin implements, as a processing submodule, kernel analyses with the following algs:

  • href: the reference bandwidth is used in the estimation.
  • LSCV (The Least Square Cross Validation): the LSCV bandwidth is used in the estimation.
  • Scott's Rule of Thumb: the Scott's rule of thumb is used for bandwidth estimation.
  • Silverman's Rule of Thumb: the Silverman's rule of thumb is used for bandwidth estimation.
  • kernel with adjusted h

Utilization distribution and contour lines are produced, and area of the contour polygons are calculated.

Additionally, restricted Minimum Convex Polygons (MCP) are implemented, as:

  • MCP calculation of the smallest convex polygon enclosing all the relocations of the animal, excluding an user-selected percentage of locations furthest from a centre.

NOTE: some of the bandwidth methods are only available with scipy 0.11 (custom bandwidth value) and statsmodels 0.5 (LSCV, maximum-likelihood cross-validation).

NOTE: at least scipy 0.10 and the gdal_contour command must be installed in order to have the kernel density algorithm available.

Support

Part of the AniMove project supported by Faunalia.

The plugin was developed by:

and financially supported by:

  • Marco Zaccaroni - Department of Biology, University of Firenze
  • António Mira
  • Dimitris Poursanidis
  • Giovanni Manghi
  • Stefano Anile
  • Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford
  • Julia Hazel