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We give some guidelines for the choice and design of dissimilarity measures and illustrate some of them by the construction of a new dissimilarity measure between species distribution areas in biogeography. Species distribution data can be digitized as presences and absences in certain geographic units. As opposed to all measures already present in the literature, the geco coefficient introduced in the present paper takes the geographic distance between the units into account. The advantages ofdoi:10.1007/3-540-34416-0_4 dblp:series/class/HennigH06 fatcat:aigza5u2zfawpfgosv26ogku3q