Boltzmann entropy (also called configurational entropy) has been recently adopted to analyze entropy of landscape gradients (Gao et al. (2017), Gao et al. (2018)). The goal of **belg** is to provide an efficient C++ implementation of this method in R. It also extend the original idea by allowing calculations on data with missing values.

```
library(raster)
library(belg)
= raster(system.file("raster/complex_land.tif", package = "belg"))
complex_land = raster(system.file("raster/simple_land.tif", package = "belg")) simple_land
```

Let’s take two small rasters - `complex_land`

representing a complex landscape and `simple_land`

representing a simple landscape.

The main function in this package, `get_boltzmann()`

, calculates the Boltzmann entropy of a landscape gradient:

```
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 191.1567
get_boltzmann(simple_land, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 104.8581
```

The results, unsurprisingly, showed that the complex landscape has a larger value of the Boltzmann entropy than the simple one.

The `get_boltzmann()`

function accepts a `RasterLayer`

, `RasterStack`

, `RasterBrick`

, `matrix`

, or `array`

object as an input. As a default, it uses a logarithm of base 10 (`log10`

), however `log`

and `log2`

are also available options for the `base`

argument.

```
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy") # log10
#> [1] 191.1567
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy", base = "log")
#> [1] 440.1546
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy", base = "log2")
#> [1] 635.0089
```

It also allows for calculation of the relative (the `relative`

argument equal to `TRUE`

) and absolute Boltzmann entropy of a landscape gradient.

The main idea behind the Boltzmann entropy of a landscape gradient is to calculate an entropy in a sliding window of 2 x 2 pixels. The relative configurational entropy is a sum of entropies for all windows of the original data.

```
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy", relative = TRUE)
#> [1] 88.55451
```

It is possible to calculate an average value for each sliding window of 2 x 2 pixels and therefore create a resampled version of the original dataset:

The absolute configurational entropy is a sum of relative configurational entropies for all levels, starting from the original data to the resampled dataset with at least two rows or columns.

```
get_boltzmann(complex_land, method = "hierarchy", relative = FALSE)
#> [1] 191.1567
```

Determining the number of microstates belonging to a defined macrostate in a crucial concept for calculation of the configurational entropy. We explore this topic using five different cases of 2 x 2 windows:

```
= raster(matrix(c(1, 3, 3, 4), ncol = 2))
win_1 = raster(matrix(c(1, 3, 3, NA), ncol = 2))
win_2 = raster(matrix(c(1, 3, NA, NA), ncol = 2))
win_3 = raster(matrix(c(1, NA, NA, NA), ncol = 2))
win_4 = raster(matrix(c(NA, NA, NA, NA), ncol = 2)) win_5
```

The configurational entropy for data without missing values is calculated using the analytical method by Gao et al. (2018).

Twenty-four different microstate are possible in the above case. The common (base 10) logarithm of 24 is equal to 1.380211. We can compare this result to the `get_boltzmann()`

output:

```
get_boltzmann(win_1, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 1.380211
```

The generalized (resampled) version of this window has one value, `3`

, which is a rounded average of the four original values.

The papers of Gao et al. (2017, 2018) only considered data without missing values. However, the **belg** package provides a modification allowing for calculation also for data with missing values. Cells with `NA`

are not considered when calculating microstates.

For example, three microstates are possible for the above case:

The common (base 10) logarithm of 3 is equal to 0.477121.

```
get_boltzmann(win_2, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 0.6361617
```

The generalized (resampled) version of this window is 2.

The third window has two combinations. The common logarithm of 2 is equal to 0.30103.

```
get_boltzmann(win_3, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 0.60206
```

The generalized (resampled) version of this window is also 2.

The fourth window has only one microstate, therefore its common logarithm equals to 0.

```
get_boltzmann(win_4, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] 0
```

The generalized (resampled) version of this window is the same as only existing value - 1.

Finally, the last window consists of four missing values. In these cases, the configurational entropy is zero.

```
get_boltzmann(win_5, method = "hierarchy")
#> [1] NaN
```

Importantly, the generalized version of this window is represented by NA.

- Gao, Peichao, Hong Zhang, and Zhilin Li. “An efficient analytical method for computing the Boltzmann entropy of a landscape gradient.” Transactions in GIS (2018).
- Gao, Peichao, Hong Zhang, and Zhilin Li. “A hierarchy-based solution to calculate the configurational entropy of landscape gradients.” Landscape Ecology 32(6) (2017): 1133-1146.