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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907807128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907807121
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text that I have found most helpful in getting back to using R has been Mark Gardener's Statistics for Ecologists Using R and Excel. This excellent little book leads the reader nicely through the basics. Starting with how to down load R and getting data into the programme through exploratory statistics and into basic analysis with a section on reporting results which includes visualising data. It also makes it easy for the reader to synthesise R and Excel and there is extra help and sample data available on the free companion webpage if needed. I recommended this text to the university library as well as to colleagues at my student workshops on R. Although I initially bought this book when I wanted to discover R I actually also learned new techniques for data manipulation and management in Excel. -- Mark Edwards EcoBlogging

About the Author

Mark Gardener (www.gardenersown.co.uk) is an ecologist, lecturer, and writer working in the UK. His primary area of research was in pollination ecology and he has worked in the UK and around the word (principally Australia and the United States). Since his doctorate he has worked in many areas of ecology, often as a teacher and supervisor. He believes that ecological data, especially community data, is the most complicated and ill-behaved and is consequently the most fun to work with. He was introduced to R by a like-minded pedant whilst working in Australia during his doctorate. Learning R was not only fun but opened up a new avenue, making the study of community ecology a whole lot easier. He is currently self-employed and runs courses in ecology, data analysis, and R for a variety of organizations. Mark lives in rural Devon with his wife Christine, a biochemist who consequently has little need of statistics.


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In the past, I along with most of my colleagues, would recommend the excellent Fowler, Cohen & Jarvis (Practical Statistics for Field Biologists, OUP) to undergraduate students grappling with basic statistical analysis. However the ubiquity of Excel and the growing popularity of the free but powerful statistical package R make that book look a bit dated today.

Statistics for Ecologists using R and Excel is an excellent replacement covering most of the standard tests I would expect an ecologist or marine biology student at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences to be able to deal with by the end of their 1st year. The reader is led gently through each test in both Excel and R with the assistance of screen shots of relevant examples. I particularly like the emphasis on the basics (planning, data recording, exploring data (looking at numbers and graphs) and reporting results. There is some particularly good advice on transforming data. Most of the tests you expect to see are covered: t-tests, correlation, ANOVAs, regression and the non-parametric equivalents. The author is plainly an ecologist with lots of teaching experience rather than a mathematician! Another feature that I like is the fact that you don't have to flip backwards and forwards through the pages to attempt each test - all of the information you need for each one is in each section. The only criticism I have of the book is that Multi Variate Analyses are not mentioned.

I recommend this text to any undergraduate or tutor that teaches statistical analyses to environmental scientists, field biologists, ecologists or marine biologists.
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This book is a superb way in for all those looking at how to design investigations and collect data to support their findings. It takes the student or researcher gently into how to set up recording techniques to gather data, tabulate the results and then how to use statistical packages that are available free of charge to give valid conclusions. It is holistic, well illustrated and indexed with user friendly advice and suggestions. I have the paperback and have already used it several times to check student work and help student projects. Working in field centres, I find it is an area of work that is not often well understood by students. This book is one of several that have been released recently - I think it is the best for fieldwork as it is relevant and excellent value for money. If I had a minor criticism - it would be on the lightweight paper which is marks easily or perhaps that shows how much I use it already!!

Sue Townsend - Biodiversity Learning Manager - Field Studies Council

1907807128 Statistics for Ecologists Using R and Excel: Data Collection, Exploration, Analysis and Presentation (Data in the Wild)
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A useful, practical guide to data collection, analysis (using readily available and/or free software)and interpretation for students and ecologists alike. The step-by-step guides with screen shots work well and are kept simple. The author's teaching style flows into the pages, keeping the subject both informative and interesting, with a degree of humour. A must for anyone getting to grips with data analysis using R and excel.
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Teaching myself how to use the R stats program after learning Primer & SPSS during university. It has been very easy to follow and will be perfect for anyone.
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