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TitleChoosing and using statistics : a biologist's guide
Author by Calvin Dytham
Imprint Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
Edition 3rd ed
Descript xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


"Choosing and Using Statistics remains an invaluable guide for students using a computer package to analyze 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"-- Provided by publisher


Eight steps to successful data analysis -- The basics -- Choosing a test: a key -- Hypothesis testing, sampling and experimental design -- Statistics, variables and distributions -- Descriptive and presentational techniques -- The tests 1: tests to look at differences -- The tests 2: tests to look at relationships -- The tests 3: tests for data exploration -- Symbols and letters used in statistics -- Glossary -- Assumptions of the tests -- Hints and tips -- A table of statistical tests


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