[R] Vegan R^2 and tau values for metaMDS

Sarah Goslee sarah.goslee at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 23:00:31 CEST 2008

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM, Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson at ucl.ac.uk> wrote:

>  Note that the default is to produce a bray-curtis dissimilarity matrix
>  from the input species data. As such, I reproduce this dissimilarity
>  matrix as arg 1 to cor and then take the Euclidean distances of the
>  coordinates on nMDS axes 1:2 (this example is a 2D solution but scales
>  to n-dimensions) as the second argument to cor:
>  cor(vegdist(dune), dist(sol$points))^2
>  In this example, the "R^2" is 0.899222
>  If you already have jaccard for your species data, then substitute this
>  for 'vegdist(dune)' and sol for whatever your nMDS object is called.

Good point. I forgot to clarify that you should use the same dissimilarity
metric for your original data that was used in constructing the ordination.
Euclidean distances should be used for the NMDS configuration, though.

>  However, this assumes a linear relationship between the original
>  distances and the nMDS distances. The relationship need not be linear,
>  just monotonic if I recall the details correctly.

If you (the original querent) are interested in the monotonic rather than
strictly linear relationship, you could use the "spearman" option to


Sarah Goslee

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