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Review of "Biomeasurement"
The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • Philip M. Dixon, Iowa State University
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In spite of the title, this is really a textbook for a one‐semester, introductory statistics course for biologists. It covers the standard material: descriptive statistics, concepts of sampling, inference and testing, one‐ and two‐sample Chi‐square tests, one‐, two‐, and k‐sample tests of location, regression, and correlation. Both parametric methods (e.g., one‐way ANOVA) and nonparametric methods (e.g., the Kruskal‐Wallis test) are presented. The style is very conversational and nonmathematical. Methods are illustrated using biological examples. Instructions are given for both hand calculation and the SPSS package. Each chapter includes self‐help questions, with answers at the back of the volume, but there are no homework problems. Assignments from the author’s course at Anglia Ruskin University and other supporting material are included on a companion website, although some of the material is password protected and available only to instructors who adopt the book for their course.

This is a book review from The Quarterly Review of Biology 82 (2007): 264, doi:10.1086/523124. Posted with permission.

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University of Chicago Press
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Philip M. Dixon. "Review of "Biomeasurement"" The Quarterly Review of Biology Vol. 82 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 264 - 265
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