bwimage: A package to describe image patterns in natural structures

Carlos Biagolini-Jr., Regina H. Macedo
2019 F1000Research  
Currently R is the most popular software for data analyses among biologists. Here, we present bwimage, a package designed to describe patterns from black and white images. The package can be used for a wide range of applications. We implemented functions previously described in the literature to calculate parameters designed originally, but not exclusively, for vegetation structures. Additionally, we propose a new parameter: the aggregation index. We demonstrate applications for field work,
more » ... for field work, providing examples that range from calculation of canopy openness, description of patterns in vertical vegetation structure, to patterns in bird nest structure. We provide advice and illustrated examples of how to produce high quality images for analyses.
doi:10.12688/f1000research.19801.2 fatcat:4ipurravcfcqfermranlpeklcq