Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Scienceby Aviva Petrie, Paul Watson
Banish your fears of statistical analysis using this clearly written and highly successful textbook. Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science Third Edition is an introductory text which assumes no previous knowledge of statistics. It starts with very basic methodology and builds on it to encompass some of the more advanced techniques that are/i>… See more details below
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Banish your fears of statistical analysis using this clearly written and highly successful textbook. Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science Third Edition is an introductory text which assumes no previous knowledge of statistics. It starts with very basic methodology and builds on it to encompass some of the more advanced techniques that are currently used. This book will enable you to handle numerical data and critically appraise the veterinary and animal science literature. Written in a non-mathematical way, the emphasis is on understanding the underlying concepts and correctly interpreting computer output, and not on working through mathematical formulae.
- Flow charts are provided to enable you to choose the correct statistical analyses in different situations
- Numerous real worked examples are included to help you master the procedures
- Two statistical packages, SPSS and Stata, are used to analyse data to familiarise you with typical computer output
- The data sets from the examples in the book are available as electronic files to download from the book’s companion website in ASCII, Excel, SPSS, Stata and R Workspace formats, allowing you to practice using your own software and fully get to grips with the techniques
- A clear indication is provided of the more advanced or obscure topics so that, if desired, you can skip them without loss of continuity.
New to this edition:
- New chapter on reporting guidelines relevant to veterinary medicine as a ready reference for those wanting to follow best practice in planning and writing up research
- New chapter on critical appraisal of randomized controlled trials and observational studies in the published literature: a template is provided which is used to critically appraise two papers
- New chapter introducing specialist topics: ethical issues of animal investigations, spatial statistics, veterinary surveillance, and statistics in molecular and quantitative genetics
- Expanded glossaries of notation and terms
- Additional exercises and further explanations added throughout to make the book more comprehensive.
Carrying out statistical procedures and interpreting the results is an integral part of veterinary and animal science. This is the only book on statistics that is specifically written for veterinary science and animal science students, researchers and practitioners.
Description: This new edition of a statistics text has several additional features not present in the original, including expanded sections on regression analysis and a CD that contains the data sets used for demonstrative purposes in the book. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: As clearly stated in the preface, the authors' objective is to provide an introductory statistics text, including basic concepts appropriate for "the complete novice in statistics." The authors have succeeded admirably in this objective. There is a minimum of mathematical content, but sufficient for readers to appreciate the theoretical bases of the statistical tests presented.
Audience: The book has been developed by two experts in statistical analyses of biomedical data and statistical education. In this respect, the book is specifically written for veterinary and animal science students, and should also be useful for practitioners who require a user friendly statistics reference to support coverage of current scientific literature and clinical reports.
Features: The new edition contains 15 chapters that address basic aspects of statistics and distributions (chapters 1 to 4), experimental design and clinical trials (chapters 5 and 13), hypothesis testing (chapters 6 to 9), linear correlation, regression survival, and multivariate analysis (chapters 10, 11 and 14), and non-parametric methods (chapter 12). Of particular note, a chapter focused on the statistical aspects of evidence-based medicine (chapter 15) is a timely addition. A glossary of statistical terms and a series of flow charts for deciding upon appropriate statistical tests are included as appendixes. Each chapter begins with a concise list of learning objectives and ends with a series of exercises designed to develop familiarity with the statistical concepts or operations covered in each section. These learning exercises are supported by an accompanying CD that contains the data sets used in the text in four commonly used statistical formats (ASCII, Excel, SPSS and Stata). This book will serve as an excellent means for developing a working competency with these programs while also developing a theoretical understanding of statistical analyses. The topic of power calculations is covered, but this issue would have benefited from more detail, since prospective power assessment is a critical aspect of experimental design and is often ignored or poorly handled in grants submissions.
Assessment: This second edition will provide an excellent resource for both veterinary and animal science students and for clinical practitioners requiring an easy to use reference for statistical methods and analysis.
“Any who carry out or interpret statistical results in a veterinary practice will find this a powerful read, packed with ideas presented in a non-mathematical method clear of jargon but pertinent to any daily practice.” (Midwest Book Review, 1 September 2013)
“This book offers a good introduction to the most important tests used in veterinary statistics. It provides readers with relevant information on appropriate tests, computer programs, and use of the data. All the data is current and a website provides updated information.” (Doody’s, 6 September 2013)
“It also seems likely that the third edition of the book will be positively received and meet with approval from those looking for an introduction to statistics for students taking degree programs in veterinary medicine and animal sciences. Although written primarily with students and practitioners of veterinary medicine in mind, Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science also has much to offer students and researchers within other branches of the biological sciences.” (Aquaculture International, 22 July 2013)
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