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Modern Statistics for the Life Sciences

Alan Grafen and Rosie Hails

March 2002

ISBN: 9780199252312

368 pages

In Stock

Price: £43.99



This textbook teaches statistics in a different way. It is aimed at undergraduate students in the life sciences, and will also be invaluable for many graduate students. It makes the powerful methods of model formulae and the General Linear Model accessible to undergraduates for the first time. The computer revolution has finally made it possible to teach life sciences undergraduates how to use the statistics they really need to know - this book provides the course materials needed to fulfil that possibility.

  • Teaches the reader the language of model formulae, universally employed by statisticians today, and found in all major computer statistics packages.
  • Employs the General Linear Model (GLMs), a powerful tools to analyse data that incorporates a large array of traditional methods
  • Gives a firm conceptual grounding in GLMs, allowing statistics to be presented as a meaningful whole and enabling more material to be analysed in a given period of time
  • Focuses on concepts required by life sciences students using statistics (e.g. marginality, random effects, multiplicity, instead of those required by mathematics students inventing them (e.g. sufficiency, theory of distributions, mathematical proofs)
  • Online Resource Centre: www.oup.com/uk/grafenhails, containing: · Language-specific supplements in PDF format (Minitab, SAS and SPSS) · All the datasets used in the book, in Minitab, SAS, SPSS and plain text formats · A chapter-by-chapter, page-by-page response by the authors to queries from readers · A section providing support for teachers, including PowerPoint presentations and practical worksheets

About the Author(s)

Alan Grafen, Professor of Theoretical Biology, University of Oxford, and Rosie Hails, Principal Scientific Officer, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Oxford

Table of Contents

    Why use this book
    1:An introduction to the analysis of variance
    3:Models, parameters and GLMs
    4:Using more than one explanatory variable
    5:Designing experiments - keeping it simple
    6:Combining continuous and categorical variables
    7:Interactions - getting more complex
    8:Checking the models A: Independence
    9:Checking the models B: The other three assumptions
    10:Model selection I: Principles of model choice and designed experiments
    11:Model selection II: Data sets with several explanatory variables
    12:Random effects
    13:Categorical data
    14:What lies beyond?
    Answers to exercises
    Revision section: The basics
    Appendix I: The meaning of p-values and confidence intervals
    Appendix II: Analytical results about variances of sample means
    Appendix III: Probability distributions


'The book is well laid out and concepts are very well explained by making effective use of diagrams and geometric representations. There are many analyses of example data sets to ilustrate the application the methods and the interpretation of the output'. Biometrics 59, 200-209, March 2003. -

"it is a stepping-stone between one's first statistics course and what one really needs as a professional biologist. That said, it is the best stepping-stone on the market". Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2003. -

"Grafen and Hails have written a very nice book...many examples also serve to highlight design or analysis errors that are commonly made and encourage constructive critism: learning from mistakes is, I think, a very powerful approach." Animal Behaviour 2003 -