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Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists

Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009768
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  • An essential textbook for any student or researcher in biology needing to design experiments, sample programs or analyse the resulting data. The text begins with a revision of estimation and hypothesis testing methods, covering both classical and Bayesian philosophies, before advancing to the analysis of linear and generalized linear models. Topics covered include linear and logistic regression, simple and complex ANOVA models (for factorial, nested, block, split-plot and repeated measures and covariance designs), and log-linear models. Multivariate techniques, including classification and ordination, are then introduced. Special emphasis is placed on checking assumptions, exploratory data analysis and presentation of results. The main analyses are illustrated with many examples from published papers and there is an extensive reference list to both the statistical and biological literature. The book is supported by a website that provides all data sets, questions for each chapter and links to software.

    • An essential textbook that covers the full range of topics required by any biologist designing experiments or analysing the resulting data
    • Extensive worked examples using real data sets
    • Web page support with downloadable data sets, example questions and relevant links at
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'At last, a book that provides a readable introduction to nuances of statistical methods and analysis … a wonderful book that is packed with lots of practical advice …' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

    '… this is clearly written text with a simple no-nonsense approach to the topic.' TEG News

    ' … the book is well written and well presented with a good range of interesting and realistic examples … the book gave a very substantial and worthwhile study of good statistical practice in the design and analysis of biological experiments. I recommend it to anyone involved in quantitative biological research.' Journal of Agricultural Science

    'Quinn and Keough make plenty of reference to the recent and primary statistical literature, yet their book does not seem inaccessible or daunting … the text often ventures into statically uncertain territory, and Quinn and Keough do an excellent job of evenhandedly summarizing any statistical debates and philosophies then giving pragmatic suggestions to how best to proceed with analyses. Readers will find themselves adequately and interestedly informed … Quinn and Keough make extensive use of data sets deriving from real, and recently published, studies … There are also unexpected bonus sections, such as the useful, and at times fun, chapter on presenting the results of analysis both in reports and in seminars. In general, one certainly has the impression that the authors set out to write a clear, comprehensive and valuable book: they have succeeded.' Animal Behaviour

    '… highly recommended …' Ethology

    '… the authors do go a long way towards success in their aim of encouraging 'readers to understand the models underlying the most common experimental designs' and to approach proper data analysis with more confidence. The web support is also very useful especially for items that the authors added post-publication …'. Primate Eye

    '… an essential textbook that can be warmly recommended to any student or researcher in biology who needs to design experiments, devise sampling programs and analyze the resulting data … There is a wealth of information that is usually only found in separate sources.' Basic and Applied Ecology

    '… an essential textbook for students and researchers in biology needing to design experiments, sampling programs or analyze the resulting data.' Folia Geobotanica

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    17th Jul 2013 by Moeamenabbas

    very good job,

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009768
    • length: 553 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • contains: 125 b/w illus. 85 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Estimation
    3. Hypothesis testing
    4. Graphical exploration of data
    5. Correlation and regression
    6. Multiple regression and correlation
    7. Design and power analysis
    8. Comparing groups or treatments - analysis of variance
    9. Multifactor analysis of variance
    10. Randomized blocks and simple repeated measures: unreplicated two-factor designs
    11. Split plot and repeated measures designs: partly nested anovas
    12. Analysis of covariance
    13. Generalized linear models and logistic regression
    14. Analyzing frequencies
    15. Introduction to multivariate analyses
    16. Multivariate analysis of variance and discriminant analysis
    17. Principal components and correspondence analysis
    18. Multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis
    19. Presentation of results.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Data Management and Analysis
    • Analytical Ecology
    • Applied Experimental Design
    • Applied Multivariate Statistics for Environmental Science
    • Biostatistics and Experimental Design
    • Ecological Analysis
    • Ecological Statistics & Experimental Design
    • Environ Data
    • Environ Data Analysis
    • Experimental Design & Data Analysis
    • Experimental Design for Biologists
    • Field Studies in Biology
    • Honors Research Thesis in Environmental Science
    • Methods of Biological Inquiry
    • Principles of Experimentation
    • Probability & Statistics for Biomedical Informatics
    • Quantitative Biology
    • Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Research Methods and Scientific Writing
    • Science Research Methods
    • Senior Thesis Seminar
  • Authors

    Gerry P. Quinn, Monash University, Victoria
    Gerry Quinn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, and Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology. He has taught experimental design and analysis courses for a number of years and has provided advice on the design and analysis of sampling and experimental programs in ecology and environmental monitoring to a wide range of university and government scientists. Gerry Quinn is a co-author of Monitoring Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Practice in Flowing Waters, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

    Michael J. Keough, University of Melbourne
    Michael Keough is a Reader in Zoology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie in marine ecology, environmental science, and conservation biology. He has extensive experience teaching experimental design and analysis courses at a number of universities. He has also provided advice on design and analysis for environmental monitoring to a wide range of environmental consultants, and state and federal governments in Australia. Michael Keough is a co-author of Monitoring Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Practice in Flowing Waters, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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