Is there a way to compute diversity in a population?

Say we have the following 5 cities, each with the same population

  • CityA with 20% each of 5 ethnicities
  • CityB with 99% of one ethnicity, but 100 different ethnicities in the remaining 1%
  • CityC with 40% of one ethnicity and the remaining 60% distributed evenly over 10 different ethnicities

How can one measure their relative diversities?


How about the Shannon index?

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