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The Biostatistics Cookbook : The Most User-Friendly Guide for the Bio/Medical Scientist - Seth Michelson

The Biostatistics Cookbook

The Most User-Friendly Guide for the Bio/Medical Scientist


Published: 31st October 1996
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We live in a very uncertain world. Variation surrounds our work. There is noise in our experiments, in our measurements, and in our test subjects. From all these sources of uncertainty and variation, we try to extract a coherent picture of very complex and sometimes dynamic, biological and chemical processes. In fact, one of our major challenges is to separate this signal, the 'real' biology or chemistry, from the noise. The tools developed to do this are called, collectively, biostatistics. Any tool, even a hammer, can be misused. This could result, at best, in inefficiency, and, at worst, in disaster. With the advent of newer, us- friendly statistical software packages, desk top computing, and point-a- click technologies, it is easier than ever to make mistakes in your analyses. The beauty of having access to so much computing power is that you can now enjoy ultimate flexibility in data processing: that can also be a problem. Ask your computer to produce a particular analysis, report or graphic, and that is exactly what you will get: if you happen to have asked for the wrong thing it will be produced just as quickly, and you will probably never know it was wrong. One aim of this handbook is to help you choose the correct tool for the job at hand, understand its strengths and weaknesses, and to help you recognize when you should seek expert advice. We describe biostatistics as a collection of tools for very good reasons.

Populations, Distributions, and Samples
Measures of Central Tendency
Data Dispersion, Noise, and Error
Comparing a Sample Mean to a Population with Known Mean and Variance - The One Sample z-Test
Comparing a Sample Mean to a Population with Known Mean and Unknown Variance - The One Sample t-Test
Comparing Before and After Data - The Two Sample Paired t-Test
Comparing Two Means - The Two Sample Unpaired t-Test
Comparing Three or More Means - The One Way Analysis of Variance
Comparing Two or More Proportions: Proportions Tests and Chi-Square (chi2)
Distribution-Free Measures: Non-Parametric Tests
Data Relationships: Association and Correlation
Data Relationships: Mathematical Models and Linear Regression
Complex Data Relationships: Mathematical Models and Non-Linear Regression
Design of a Statistical Experiment
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ISBN: 9780792341055
ISBN-10: 0792341058
Series: Most User-Friendly Guide for the Bio/Medical Scientist
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 31st October 1996
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.6  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.32