The cultevo R package provides tools, measures and statistical tests often used in the study of cultural evolution, in particular for measuring the compositionality of signalling systems as well as computing string and meaning distance matrices. It also provides an accurate implementation of Page’s test for monotonicity of ranks.

See the Function reference for a full list of functions.


In order to install the latest release from CRAN (recommended) simply call:

The latest development version from Github can be installed using the devtools package:



This package can be cited as:

Stadler, Kevin (2018) cultevo: Tools, Measures and Statistical Tests for Cultural Evolution. R package version 1.0.2.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

    title = {cultevo: Tools, Measures and Statistical Tests for Cultural Evolution},
    author = {Kevin Stadler},
    year = {2018},
    note = {R package version 1.0.2},
    url = {}


This project is licensed under the terms of the MIT license, Copyright (c) 2014-2018 Kevin Stadler.