ModEco is a software package for ecological niche modeling. It integrates a range of niche models within a geographical information system. ModEco provides a user friendly platform that enables users to explore, analyze, and model species distribution data with relative ease. It contains a suite of functions such as data input/output, data visualization, feature analysis, model training and prediction, and accuracy assessment, which are commonly needed for modeling species’ distributions.

ModEco has several unique features:

1) it deals with different types of ecological observation data, such as presence and absence data, presence-only data, and abundance data. Models include:

  • Support Vector Machines
  • BioClim
  • Domain
  • Generalized Linear Model
  • Maximum Likelihood Classification
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Rough Set
  • MaxEnt
  • Classification Trees
  • Ensemble Model

2) it provides a range of models when dealing with presence-only data, such as presence-only models, pseudo-absence models, background vs. presence data models, and ensemble model;

3) it includes relatively comprehensive tools for data visualization, feature selection, and accuracy assessment.