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Practical Statistics for Field Biology [Kindle Edition]

Jim Fowler , Lou Cohen , Phil Jarvis
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Provides an excellent introductory text for students on the principles and methods of statistical analysis in the life sciences, helping them choose and analyse statistical tests for their own problems and present their findings.

An understanding of statistical principles and methods is essential for any scientist but is particularly important for those in the life sciences. The field biologist faces very particular problems and challenges with statistics as "real-life" situations such as collecting insects with a sweep net or counting seagulls on a cliff face can hardly be expected to be as reliable or controllable as a laboratory-based experiment. Acknowledging the peculiarites of field-based data and its interpretation, this book provides a superb introduction to statistical analysis helping students relate to their particular and often diverse data with confidence and ease.

To enhance the usefulness of this book, the new edition incorporates the more advanced method of multivariate analysis, introducing the nature of multivariate problems and describing the the techniques of principal components analysis, cluster analysis and discriminant analysis which are all applied to biological examples. An appendix detailing the statistical computing packages available has also been included.

It will be extremely useful to undergraduates studying ecology, biology, and earth and environmental sciences and of interest to postgraduates who are not familiar with the application of multiavirate techniques and practising field biologists working in these areas.


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"Is an introductory text that will be very useful for planning and analysing zoo–based research because, like field studies, these zoo–research peculiarities consist of conditions [more difficult] than the lab–environment of typical statisticians. The book is easily understandable also for people with only moderate mathematical background.", , , Research Group Newsletter#

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An understanding of statistical principles and methods is essential for any scientist but is particularly important for those in the life sciences. The field biologist faces very particular problems and challenges with statistics as "real life" situations such as collecting insects with a sweep net or counting seagulls on a cliff face can hardly be expected to be as reliable or controllable as a laboratory–based experiment. Acknowledging the peculiarities of field–based data and its interpretation, Practical Statistics for Field Biology introduces readers to the principles and methods of statistical analysis allowing them to understand research reports in journals, decide on the most appropriate statistical tests for their own problems and finally to analyse and present their findings. To enhance the usefulness of this book, the new edition incorporates the more advanced method of multivariate analysis, introducing the nature of multivariate problems and describing the techniques of principal components analysis, cluster analysis and discriminant analysis which are all applied to biological examples. An appendix detailing the statistical computing packages available has also been included. Practical Statistics for Field biology will be of interest to undergraduates studying ecology, biology, and earth and environmental sciences. In addition, it will be useful for postgraduates who are not familiar with the application of multivariate techniques and practising field biologists working in these areas.

Review of the First Edition

"In summary, Practical Statistics for Field Biology is an excellent introductory text for first and second year undergraduate courses in biology." Trends in Ecology & Evolution

What the lecturers said about the First Edition: "An excellent introductory guide to statistics." "Applicable examples in an understandable text."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6761 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DEFKOEA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent stats book for any Biology student 1 Nov. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I currently am doing a degree in Zoology at university and decided upon purchasing this book for my course. It easily summarises all aspects of statistics which cover and surpass the requirements of the statistics involved in Biology data collection. Every aspect is easily laid out with a formula, an explanation of the parts of the formula and how and when you use that formula in Field Biology. The appendices at the back cover in detail, any tables for formulae throughout the book. Any statistics is easy in Biology with "Practical Statistics for Field Biology", nothing is left for you to question. Everything is explained in enough detail for anyone with any amount of previous mathematical knowledge. A must buy if you rely on statistics in Biology!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Came in handy for my Master's thesis 20 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm not the kind of person who 'gets' statistics. That's why I found this book to be of great use to me when time was running out to complete my thesis. It explains how statistical analysis methods work in Layman's terms much better than the other books on the subject. It tells you WHY you should choose a certain test and it's pros and cons of each test in a clear way.

It doesn't explain how to implement the tests with statistical software packages, though. For that, you'd be better off with Calvin Dytham's "Choosing & Using Statistics: A Biologists Guide." I found that by using both books together, i.e. Fowler et al. for an understanding of each test, Dytham for how to conduct my test on my computer - gave me greater understanding of what I was doing.

Glad I bought it, I suggest you do the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Statistics made EASY! 15 Aug. 2012
By Emily
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I chose this book because it occurred to me in my first year of Zoology that a clear understanding of statistics is essential for Biologists and Zoologists. This book starts from the very basics and doesn't assume you are a mathematical genius like most other statistic books have. Instead it introduces you step by step to different techniques and actually explains WHY certain methods are used and lots of examples are included to get your head around the topic.
I've found that reading through it page by page like a book (especially the first few chapters) has given me a genuine understanding of stats and a steady foundation for the future, but targeting certain chapters is equally useful, so you don't feel that you have to read every single page to get to where you want to be.
I would seriously recommend this to anyone who wants a healthy relationship with Statistics :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look after this book carefully! 30 Mar. 2011
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I first used this book as an undergraduate in 2003. A PhD and two post doc posts later I still find myself referring to it when dealing with less familiar methods. I also use it when I want to check the theory that underlies some of the statistical software available.

I have recommended this book to many others, including a colleague in Vietnam who was so impressed that he "forgot" to return it after borrowing it. No problem, I had full value out of my first copy, and expect to get the same out of the replacement I have just ordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars practical for statistics exams 4 May 2009
Format:Paperback
this book is really helpful with worked examples that you can follow, great for revision (or even just vision... as was unfortunately my case before my recent exam!)and everything is explained in simple terms which i found easy to understand and follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 16 Sept. 2013
By Dan
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This is a good book for someone who wants to learn about statistics, as well as what tests are and what they do. It provides good coverage from the beginning; what statistics is, how to measure stuff etc all the way up to multivariate analysis.

Don't buy it if you want a book telling you which buttons to press in SPSS/Minitab etc, or if you have such-and-such type of data and want to know what to do with it, but if you actually want to understand statistics, (or read-up on what a certain test does) this is a good place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 27 Mar. 2013
By katie86
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I have found this book invaluable for help with statistics for my postgraduate ecology course. I think it's well written, and takes you through everything from the very basics (e.g. pie charts) to the more advanced (e.g. ANOVAs). However, much more advanced statistics (e.g. MANOVAs or GLMs) are not really covered.

Despite this, I do find this book very helpful, and if you take the time to read through it you can get a firm grasp of the main statistics used to process biological data, and how/ when to apply them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, well explained and perfect for ecology 11 April 2014
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A good undergraduate book for ecological stats. Of course it isn't comprehensive (what stats book is? Maybe only biometry, which is too difficult for most users!) However, if you struggle with stats and really need to understand why and what you are doing, you couldn't find a book that explains things so clearly and concisely, with examples, and covers most of the undergraduate (univariate) stats you need. One of the best books I have ever bought, and I always recommend it to ecology students.
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