Is it something wrong with using Standardized Euclidean metric (seuclidean) for Beta diversity and group significance?

It seems that standardized Euclidean metric ( --p-metric : seuclidean) is almost never used for beta diversity and group significance tests. Is it not appropriate metric for amplicons data due to some assumptions?

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Hi @sbombin,

In general, Euclidean distance makes bad assumptions about microbiome data. Part of this has to do with the way it projects into 3D space and provides a lot of artifacts (see figure 4 from this paper). Iā€™m also going to recommend looking at the DEICODE paper, which also addresses some of the issues with euclidean distance.

I may be missing some of the nuance to this, but in general, yes