Bioarchaeology of the Near East, 5:41-44 (2011)

**Technical Note: An R script for Smith's Mean
Measure of Divergence**

**Arkadiusz Soltysiak**

Department of Bioarchaeology,

Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw,

ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland

email: a.soltysiak@uw.edu.pl

**Abstract**: The present paper introduces a script written in R language that generates a matrix of Smith's
Measure of Divergence (MMD) for a set of non-metric trait frequencies. The script uses either the Anscombe
or Freeman & Tukey transformation to obtain theta values, and a choice of the Freeman & Tukey or Grewal
correction for small sample size to yield an MMD matrix. A matrix of standard deviations, using Sjovold's
formula, and statistical significance for each value are also calculated.

**Key words**: R language, distance matrix, non-metric traits

Received 24 January 2012; accepted 12 February 2012; published online 16 February 2012.

Return to Volume 5:2011