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Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. 'Doing science': hypotheses, experiments and disproof; 3. Collecting and displaying data; 4. Introductory concepts of experimental design; 5. Doing science responsibly and ethically; 6. Probability helps you make a decision about your results; 7. Working from samples: data, populations and statistics; 8. Normal distributions: tests for comparing the means of one and two samples; 9. Type 1 and type 2 error, power and sample size; 10. Single factor analysis of variance; 11. Multiple comparisons after ANOVA; 12. Two-factor analysis of variance; 13. Important assumptions of analysis of variance: transformations and a test for equality of variances; 14. Two-factor analysis of variance without replication, and nested analysis of variance; 15. Relationships between variables: linear correlation and linear regression; 16. Linear regression; 17. Non-parametric statistics; 18. Non-parametric tests for nominal scale data; 19. Non-parametric tests for ratio, interval or ordinal scale data; 20. Introductory concepts of multivariate analysis; 21. Introductory concepts of sequence analysis; 22. Introductory concepts of spatial analysis; 23. Choosing a test; Appendix A. Critical values of chi-square, Student's t and F; Appendix B. Answers to questions; References; Index.
Steve McKillup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Resources at Central Queensland University. He has received several tertiary teaching awards, including the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Quality Teaching and a 2008 Australian Teaching and Learning Council citation 'For developing a highly successful method of teaching complex physiological and statistical concepts, and embodying that method in an innovative international textbook'. He is the author of Statistics Explained: An Introductory Guide for Life Scientists (Cambridge, 2006). His research interests include biological control of introduced species, the ecology of soft-sediment shores and mangrove swamps. Melinda Darby Dyar is an Associate Professor of Geology and Astronomy at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Her research interests range from innovative pedagogies and curricular materials to the characterization of planetary materials. She has studied samples from mid-ocean ridges and every continent on Earth, as well as from the lunar highlands and Mars. She is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and the author or coauthor of more than 130 refereed journal articles. She is the author of two mineralogy DVDs used in college-level teaching, and a textbook, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy (2008).
'I can highly recommend this book based on my own experience with it, and can also imagine it being very useful for those teaching statistical methods to geoscientists.' Nina Kirchner, Stockholm University '... provides a lifeline for students and researchers across the Earth and environmental sciences who until now have struggled with statistics ... demystifies complex concepts and makes formulas and statistical tests easy to understand and apply.' The Eggs '... reading this book will stop students, researchers and working geologists from using statistics packages as 'black boxes'. There's now no excuse for not having a basic grasp of what you're doing, why you're doing it and how to interpret (but not over-interpret) the results.' Geological Magazine