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Experiments in Ecology : Their Logical Design and Interpretation Using Analysis of Variance - A. J. Underwood

Experiments in Ecology

Their Logical Design and Interpretation Using Analysis of Variance

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Ecological theories and hypotheses are usually complex because of natural variability in space and time, which often makes the design of experiments difficult. This book describes how to design ecological experiments from a statistical basis using analysis of variance, so reliable conclusions can be drawn. The logical procedures that lead to a need for experiments are described, followed by an introduction to simple statistical tests. This leads to a detailed account of analysis of variance, looking at procedures, assumptions, and problems. One-factor analysis is extended to nested (hierarchical) designs and factorial analysis. Finally, some regression methods for examining relationships between variables are covered. Examples of ecological experiments are used throughout to illustrate the procedures and examine problems. This book will be invaluable to practicing ecologists as well as advanced students involved in experimental design.

'As statistics texts go, this one is a veritable page-turner - sardonic in places, just plain funny in others, and engaging throughout ... the clarity of presentation, both rhetorical and logical, is so compelling, that nearly any reader will benefit from examining this volume.' Ted Floyd and Jessica Gurevitch, Trends in Ecology and Evolution '... comprehensive and often exhaustive, but not exhausting, with many equations leavened by diagrams and graphs.' Simon S. Cross, Biologist 'The material in the book is complemental by the author's rich experience in ecology overthe past 20 years and serves as a reference for those wanting to conduct ecological experiments. there are some valuable insights contained in the book that would aid those involved in spatial and temporatl studies of landscapes and biological responses of different systems.' Journal of Environmental Qual 'Altogether a well-written book that will prove an invaluable resource for ecologists of all calibres.' Helgolander Meeresuntersuchungen

Introduction
A framework for investigating biological patterns and processes
Populations, frequency distributions and samples
Statistical tests of null hypotheses
Statistical tests on samples
Simple experiments comparing the means of two populations
Analysis of variance
More analysis of variance
Nested analyses of variance
Factorial experiments
Construction of any analysis from general principles
Some common and some particular experimental designs
Analysis involving relationships among variables
Conclusions: Where to from here?
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ISBN: 9780521553292
ISBN-10: 0521553296
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 28th January 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 3.94  x 3.94
Weight (kg): 0.91