Many ethnobotanists are calculating indices and performing quantitative analysis with excel. Not any more! Now they can use the ethnobotanyR package to calculate common quantitative ethnobotany indices to assess the cultural significance of plant species based on informant consensus. The package closely follows two papers, one by Tardio and Pardo-de-Santayana (2008) and another by Whitney et al. (2018).
Tardio, J., and M. Pardo-de-Santayana, 2008. Cultural Importance Indices: A Comparative Analysis Based on the Useful Wild Plants of Southern Cantabria (Northern Spain) 1. Economic Botany, 62(1), 24-39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12231-007-9004-5.
Whitney, C. W., Bahati, J., and Gebauer, J. (2018), Ethnobotany and agrobiodiversity; valuation of plants in the homegardens of southwestern Uganda. Ethnobiology Letters, 9(2), 90-100. https://doi.org/10.14237/ebl.9.2.2018.503
The future of ethnobotanyR:
The package will be constantly updated with new functions and methods. If you have ideas, suggestions, metrics or methods that you would like to include please contact the package maintainer Cory Whitney <whitney.cory at gmail.com>