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The Handbook of Rational and Social Choice$
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Paul Anand, Prasanta Pattanaik, and Clemens Puppe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290420.001.0001

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Diversity *

Diversity *

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(p.298) CHAPTER 12 DIVERSITY*
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The Handbook of Rational and Social Choice
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Klaus Nehring

Clemens Puppe (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290420.003.0013

The chapter critically reviews the recent attempts to formalize the concept of diversity and its measurement. After discussing measures based on ordinal and on cardinal binary dissimilarity information, we review the multi‐attribute model as a benchmark model and show how several proposals in the literature can be obtained as special cases. We contrast the “absolute” conception of diversity embodied in the multi‐attribute model with the “relative“ conception of diversity used in much of the biological literature, and indicate how these two conceptions could be reconciled in a comprehensive model using sampling. The full development of such a model seems a worthwhile subject for future research.

Keywords:   diversity, multi‐attribute model, dissimilarity, abstract convexity, Renyi entropy

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