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Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide, 3rd EditionJanuary 2011, ©2010, WileyBlackwell

Features new to this edition:
 Now features information on using the popular free program, R
 Uses a simple key and flow chart to help you choose the right statistical test
 Aimed at students using statistics for projects and in practical classes
 Includes an extensive glossary and key to symbols to explain any statistical jargon
 No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed
1 Eight steps to successful data analysis.
2 The basics.
Observations.
Hypothesis testing.
Pvalues.
Sampling.
Experiments.
Statistics.
3 Choosing a test: a key.
Remember: eight steps to successful data analysis.
The art of choosing a test.
A key to assist in your choice of statistical test.
4 Hypothesis testing, sampling and experimental design.
Hypothesis testing.
Acceptable errors.
Pvalues.
Sampling.
Experimental design.
5 Statistics, variables and distributions.
What are statistics?
Types of statistics.
What is a variable?
Types of variables or scales of measurement.
Types of distribution.
Discrete distributions.
Continuous distributions.
Nonparametric ‘distributions’.
6 Descriptive and presentational techniques.
General advice.
Displaying data: summarizing a single variable.
Displaying data: showing the distribution of a single variable.
Descriptive statistics.
Using the computer packages.
Displaying data: summarizing two or more variables.
Displaying data: comparing two variables.
Displaying data: comparing more than two variables.
7 The tests 1: tests to look at differences.
Do frequency distributions differ?
Do the observations from two groups differ?
Do the observations from more than two groups differ?
There are two independent ways of classifying the data.
More than one observation for each factor combination (with replication).
There are more than two independent ways to classify the data.
Not all classifications are independent.
Nested or hierarchical designs.
8 The tests 2: tests to look at relationships.
Is there a correlation or association between two variables?
Is there a causeandeffect relationship between two variables?
Tests for more than two variables.
9 The tests 3: tests for data exploration.
Types of data.
Observation, inspection and plotting.
Symbols and letters used in statistics.
Greek letters.
Symbols.
Uppercase letters.
Lowercase letters.
Glossary.
Assumptions of the tests.
Hints and tips.
A table of statistical tests.
Index.
 Now features information on using the popular free program, R
 Uses a simple key and flow chart to help you choose the right statistical test
 Aimed at students using statistics for projects and in practical classes
 Includes an extensive glossary and key to symbols to explain any statistical jargon
 No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed
"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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