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Multivariate Analysis in Community Ecology : Cambridge Studies in Ecology (Paperback) - Hugh G. Gauch

Multivariate Analysis in Community Ecology

Cambridge Studies in Ecology (Paperback)

By: Hugh G. Gauch, H. John B. Birks (Editor), J. A. Wiens (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th June 1982
ISBN: 9780521282406
Number Of Pages: 312

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Ecologists are making increasing use of computer methods in analyzing ecological data on plant and animal communities. Ecological problems naturally involve numerous variables and numerous individuals or samples. Multivariate techniques permit the summary of large, complex sets of data and provide the means to tackle many problems that cannot be investigated experimentally because of practical restraints. Ecologists are thus enabled to group similar species and similar sample sites together, and to generate hypotheses about environmental and historical factors that affect the communities. This timely book presents a full critical description of three methodologies - direct gradient analysis, ordination, and classification - from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. Both traditional and new methods are presented. Using a wide range of illustrative examples, Hugh Gauch provides an up-to-date synthesis of this field, which will be of interest to advanced students and ecologists. These mathematical tools are also used in a wide variety of other areas, from natural resource management and agronomy to the social and political sciences.

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"This is an interesting, readable book...There is much that is wise and thought-provoking in this book." Ecology "Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional ecological researchers will benefit from Gauch's up-to-date synthesis of the field and a wide range of illustrative examples." Journal of Range Management

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Historical perspectivep. 2
The two-way data matrixp. 4
Aspects of community datap. 7
Multivariate methodsp. 12
Evaluation of multivariate methodsp. 29
The human factorp. 30
Successive refinementp. 35
Purposes of multivariate analysisp. 37
An overviewp. 40
Sampling methodsp. 43
General considerationsp. 44
Standard community sampling proceduresp. 63
Environmental and historical datap. 70
Direct gradient analysisp. 72
Basic purposes and examplep. 72
Methodsp. 78
Resultsp. 79
Data set propertiesp. 96
Simulated datap. 102
Discussionp. 104
Ordinationp. 109
Five conceptual spacesp. 110
The purposes of ordinationp. 118
Ordination techniquesp. 120
Evaluation of ordination techniquesp. 164
Interpretation and presentation of resultsp. 168
Classificationp. 173
Classification theoryp. 174
Classification techniquesp. 181
Evaluation of classification techniquesp. 203
Discussionp. 209
Applicationsp. 211
General recommendationsp. 211
Applied community ecologyp. 221
Related fieldsp. 231
Distant fieldsp. 236
Discussionp. 240
Conclusionsp. 242
Available computer programsp. 246
Referencesp. 248
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780521282406
ISBN-10: 0521282403
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 14th June 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.24  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.48

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