Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide [NOOK Book]

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The new edition of this highly popular statistics book retains the successful format of the first edition. Coverage of analysis of variance and transformations is expanded and some commonly used tests, such as logistic regression, are now included. The book is built around a key to selecting the correct statistical test and then gives clear guidance on how to carry out the test and interpret the output from SPSS, MINITAB and Excel. There are also chapters giving useful advice on the basics of statistics and ...
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Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide

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Overview

The new edition of this highly popular statistics book retains the successful format of the first edition. Coverage of analysis of variance and transformations is expanded and some commonly used tests, such as logistic regression, are now included. The book is built around a key to selecting the correct statistical test and then gives clear guidance on how to carry out the test and interpret the output from SPSS, MINITAB and Excel. There are also chapters giving useful advice on the basics of statistics and guidance on the presentation of data. The emphasis is on plain, jargon-free English but any unfamiliar terms can be consulted in the extensive glossary. Choosing and Using Statistics is an invaluable textbook and a must for every student who uses a computer package to apply statistics in practical and project work.
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A handbook for any student or professional biologist who wants to process data using a statistical package on a computer, to select appropriate methods, and to extract important information from the often confusing output produced. Stresses the importance of experimental design, measurement of data, and interpretation of results. Emphasis is on actual use of the most popular statistics packages SPSS, MINITAB, and Microsoft Excel, rather than how they work or how to do the calculations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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"Written in a concise and direct style, this book presents a selection of some of the most widely used statistical tests and data exploration techniques." (Biological Conservation, 1 March 2012)

"Written in a concise and direct style, this book presents a selection of some of the most widely used statistical tests and data exploration techniques ... In general, this book is a very good primer for students with no statistical expertise." (Biological Conservation Reviews, 2011)

"This book makes everything so easy. Complicated tests are effortlessly condensed, and the instructions are almost too easy to follow. Diagrams and sample data sets are used frequently so you can practise using tests before applying them to your own data sets, whilst the logical layout guides you toward the correct test for both your data, and what you want to prove (or disprove)." (Animals & Men, February 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444348217
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 7 MB

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Calvin Dytham has a wide range of research interests in ecology and evolutionary biology and is especially interested in the impacts of dispersal and the arrangement of individuals in space on ecological and evolutionary processes.  He is a Reader in the Department of Biology at the University of York, UK, and has been teaching statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1994.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Eight steps to successful data analysis 1
2 The basics 2
3 Choosing a test: a key 7
4 Hypothesis testing, sampling and experimental design 22
5 Statistics, variables and distributions 30
6 Descriptive and presentational techniques 46
7 The tests 1: tests to look at differences 66
8 The tests 2: tests to look at relationships 165
9 The tests 3: tests for data exploration 200
10 Symbols and letters used in statistics 216
11 Glossary 219
12 Assumptions of the tests 234
13 Hints and tips 237
14 A table of statistical tests 241
Index 243
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