Practical Statistics for Field Biology / Edition 2

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This second edition acknowledges the peculiarities of field-based data and its interpretation. It provides biologists, both students and pro fessionals, with sufficient grounding in statistical principles and me thods to enable them to understand research reports in journals, decid e on the most appropriate statistical tests for their own problems, an d finally to analyze and present their findings.

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An introduction to gathering, processing, presenting, and analyzing biological data for readers who have no previous experience with statistics. Unlike most such texts, which are oriented towards laboratory work, it specifically addresses the problems encountered by biologists working in the field, such as non-standard data and the concern with handling count data. Gives the reader a feel for statistics rather than description of a large number of techniques. The exercises and examples can be worked with only a calculator. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471982968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 908,335
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Fowler, De Montfort University, Scraptoft, Leicester, UK; and
Lou Cohen, Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, UK

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Table of Contents

Measurement and Sampling Concepts.

Processing Data.

Presenting Data.

Measuring the Average.

Measuring Variability.


Probability Distributions as Models of Dispersion.

The Normal Distribution.

Data Transformation.

How Good are Our Estimates?

The Basis of Statistical Testing.

Analysing Frequencies.

Measuring Correlations.

Regression Analysis.

Comparing Averages.

Analysis of Variance -

Multivariate Analysis.


Bibliography and Further Reading.


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