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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark D. Grant, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book describes an approach to the statistical analysis of biologic data.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide readers with the necessary tools to conduct accurate statistical analyses. The book is intended for a statistical analysis course.
Audience: The book is aimed at final year undergraduates, masters level students, postgraduates, professional biologists and educators. The book contains a substantive amount of information on basic statistics. Familiarity with at least one computer software package is required to replicate analyses provided.
Features: There is a nice blend of illustrations and computer code and output. The use of consistent fonts to represent computer code and output aids the reader. Given the broad scope of the book, the different symbols and abbreviations used have been provided in tabular form.. A large and lengthy table is provided. Data sets are provided in text form. The overall appearance of the book is good.
Assessment: The book has a pragmatic focus, while outlining the necessary background. The authors emphasize applying statistical technique. The reader is likely to accrue the greatest benefit through ample use of software to replicate the examples in the text.