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Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, Second Edition$
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David J. Gibson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671465.001.0001

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Planning, choosing, and using statistics

Planning, choosing, and using statistics

(p.173) Chapter 7 Planning, choosing, and using statistics
Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, Second Edition

David J. Gibson

Oxford University Press

Using the correct statistics to analyse data is a matter of advance planning to collect the appropriate data. This chapter describes the background to planning and choosing appropriate statistical methods, and is a primer for the basic statistical tests that plant population ecologists will need to use. Topics include: choosing the right statistical test, kinds of distributions, goodness of fit tests and contingency tables, correlation and regression, analysis of variance and tests of differences among samples (including Generalized Linear Mixed Models), multivariate statistics (ordination, classification, discriminant functions), Bayesian statistics, and reporting statistics. The statistical tests used in the four case studies from Chapter 1 are reviewed.

Keywords:   ANOVA, Bayesian statistics, contingency tables, correlation, multivariate methods, regression, statistics

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