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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (30 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471982962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471982968
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov 2000
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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 By R. Sleaford on 20 May 2010
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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 By Emily on 15 Aug 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Sewell on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Marks on 4 May 2009
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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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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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By Dan on 16 Sep 2013
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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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