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Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Calvin Dytham
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" A student affordable recommended purchase with no equation in sight!" Microbiology Today, Feb 2000

"It would be an interesting experiment (with appropriate statistical tests of course), to see how often a lab copy was used by researchers and academic staff. I suspect it would be rather frequently and with good reason!" Biologist Vol 46 No 4

"In summary, an excellent text with a refreshing viewpoint." TecNews, May 1999

"A valuable handbook for all biologists completing statistical analysis." Sherkin Comment, October 2000

"The first edition of this excellent handbook was extremely well received by both students and lecturers alike. It has helped to simplify the often complex and difficult task of choosing and using the right statistics package. This is a book for any student or professional biologist who wants to process data using a statistical package on the computer, to select appropriate methods and extract the important information from the often confusing output that is produced...The new edition has been updated to cover the very latest versions of the computer packages described, expanded to include coverage for logistic regression, a more detailed considration of multivariate analysis, data exploration and further examples of Principle Component Analysis and Discriminate Function Analysis are given." Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, Volume 15, No 3, September 2003

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Choosing and Using Statistics remains an invaluable guide for students using a computer package to analyse data from research projects and practical class work.  The text takes a pragmatic approach to statistics with a strong focus on what is actually needed.  There are chapters giving useful advice on the basics of statistics and guidance on the presentation of data. 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 four commonly used computer packages: SPSS, Minitab, Excel, and (new to this edition) the free program, R. Only the basics of formal statistics are described and the emphasis is on jargon-free English but any unfamiliar words can be looked up in the extensive glossary. This new 3rd edition of Choosing and Using Statistics is a must for all students who use a computer package to apply statistics in practical and project work.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5995 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HF2GUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Calvin Dytham is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of York, UK. His research interests cover ecology and evolutionary biology with the ecology and evolution of dispersal strategies as a central theme. He has been teaching statistics with a strong practical and pragmatic focus since 1993 and his book 'Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide' follows that approach. Now in its third edition and expanded to include the free package, R, 'Choosing and Using Statistics' has been a popular book with both undergraduate and graduate students for over a decade.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 27 Nov 2003
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I became interested in this book when I was an undergraduate because all the PhD students were using it for their work. I soon found out why. More and more science departments across the land are requiring their undergraduates to learn statistics and as a result more and more books on the subject are appearing. This book raises itself from the pack by explain the basic concepts of statistics very well and relating them with useful examples. Consequently it is extremely handy for Biologists like myself who lack a background in mathematics but have to use it all the time to help justify results.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The check list at the start helps you to decide which test is right to use, something that has always been a problem for non-statisticians. The book then easily takes you through the steps necessary for completing the test, but also, the best bit, it tells you how to do it on a number of stats computer programmes, which if you have access to, saves you gallons of time- fantastic- statistics was a mystery until finding this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival tool 25 Aug 2006
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Couldn't have survived the stats in either my degree or my MSc without this book, it gets down to what biologists care about in stats, what test to use, how to use it and what it shows, and avoids all the confusing 'mathsy' stuff in the middle (leaving you to read it in other books if necessary). If you want a stats book that is designed for biologists who have to cope with stats rather than statisticians trying to make something relevant to biology this is probably the book for you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'Biologist-proof' guide! 4 Dec 2001
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Absolutely agree with the review above - This was recomended by Plymouth Uni as the top 'Must Have' book for all things stats.
More detail (if that's your thing!) can be found elswhere, but this book tied all those lectures and other reference books together as to why something is used when it is.
Thank you Mr Dytham!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good update to an established work 12 May 2011
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is the third edition of Calvin Dytham's book for biology students which was first published by Blackwell Science in 1999, with the second edition appearing in 2003. Blackwell was acquired by John Wiley in 2007 and the work is now published by Wiley-Blackwell. This edition was published in 2011 and any review dated earlier will refer to an earlier edition.

There are a few features new to this edition including information on using the free program "R" - it still includes information on using SPSS, Minitab and Excel. Although the book is clearly aimed biology students there is enough about using statistics generally to be of use to a slightly wider readership.

This new edition also includes a comprehensive glossary and key symbols to help to explain any statistical jargon. There are key and flow charts to help choose the right statistical test and Calvin Dytham has assumed no previous knowledge of statistics. Amazon has provided their "Look Inside" feature for this book and a quick click will show some of what is in the book. However, I guess most students considering this book will have a fair idea of what to expect!

A useful book which is well designed for its target readership and nicely bound so should last well with use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any biologist's bookshelf! 28 Mar 2011
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Having done both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in biology I was interested in this book as statistics is often a tricky subject. I really like this book - it is simple and easy to use, yet at the same time it does not ignore the information actually needed when using statistics in biology.

The book is split into 9 sections (really 8 with an introductory page):

1) Eight steps to successful data analysis
2) The basics
3) Choosing a test: a key
4) Hypothesis testing, sampling and experimental design
5) Statistics, variables and distributions
6) Descriptive and presentational techniques
7) The tests 1 : tests to look at differences
8) The tests 2 : tests to look at relationships
9) The tests 3: tests for data exploration

I was impressed with how the book splits the statistical tests up into sections by describing what they are used for (e.g. looking at relationships or differences). Often statistical books just lump everything together so unless you know the exact test you are looking for it can be confusing and time consuming trying to find the appropriate test whereas here you can pick what test to use by looking at the relevant section. Furthermore, you can also use the key in section 3 to help guide you to a suitable test.

Rather than just the theory behind statistics this book also explains how to perform each test (where applicable) in SPSS, Excel, Minitab and (new for this version) R statistical software packages. Giving information on how to input the data, run the tests and interpret the output. There is also a handy section listing the assumptions that each test makes on the data it is being applied to.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By JR
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...buy this book! It covers everything you need to know for a Biological honours degree in the UK, and for most of a masters as well. If you have got no idea about what it all means - and frankly don't care about what n represents - you just want to type in the data, and get a significant result... buy this book, it cuts out all the crap and is easy to understand. You will learn something! You need MINITAB or SPSS though.
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