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Based on research, and acknowledging that these weights will vary somewhat in time and place, the Ancestry Atlas team created an index for measuring cultural diversity across the top three key parameters:
- Ethnicity – 52%
- Linguistics – 22%
- Worldviews – 26%
From here, we created a mathematical formula that generates a ‘diversity index’ based on the value of each parameter within a particular group.
First we calculate L1/N, where L1 norm (which is also known as taxicab metric, rectilinear distance or L1 distance) is the sum of absolute differences and N is the total number of different languages (or ethnicities or worldviews) in a group.Our vector can be shown as VN= (V1, V2…VN). So if in a group there are 5 people who all speak one language, our vector will be (5,0,0,0,0).
If all speak different languages, it will be (1,1,1,1,1) and if all speak one language plus English, it will be ( 5,1,1,1,1 ).The entropy of this vector is considered as a probability distribution over the entropy of a ‘smoothed’ vector of the same length.So, in one example, when all the people in a group speak just one language, are all from one ethnicity and all believe in the same worldview, the diversity rating will be zero.
At the opposite extreme, if the number of languages, ethnicities or worldviews equal or exceed the number of people in that team, the diversity rating will be 1 as the most diverse situation.This model has been expanded to include diversity across gender, ability, age, sexual identity and more.
For more background and technical details refer to our paper A Practical Approach to Measuring Cultural Diversity on Australian Organizations and Schools, published in the International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2017.
Country of birth
Country borders have shifted many times throughout history across the world, and we recognise this part of the exercise could be difficult for some participants. Ancestry Atlas uses the list of countries currently recognised by the United Nations.
If you or your ancestors were born in a nation that is not represented in this list, nominate the name of the nation that now occupies that territory. This is the simplest method by which to locate people in geographical space.
If you have any suggestions for how we can better accommodate and visually represent countries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Users currently have the option to add a second worldview when completing their registration.
This is to better represent individuals whose personal belief system is aligned with more than just one worldview.