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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Book Review of "experiments in Ecology: Their Logical Design and Interpretation Using Analysis of Variance" by A.J. Underwood

item Hatfield, Jerry

Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: July 14, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Application of statistical methods to ecological experiments is difficult because of the variation in time and space of the natural phenomena. This volume is directed toward ecologists who face problems with experiments and offers a robust treatment of the use of analysis of variance and regression methods. The premise that underlies the book is that too often experiments are conducted and then await analysis with whatever tools are available, hence a post facto design. The other premise is that most biologists and ecologists have not been exposed to a wide range of statistical methods and these materials would help develop a greater comfort level about the use of statistical methods as part of the experimental design process. The author weaves all of the elements of planning, experimental design, and evaluation of the need for the measurement into the basics before the experiment is implemented. There are some valuable insights contained in the book that would aid those involved in spatial and temporal studies of landscapes and biological responses of different systems. The methodology is based on the analysis of variance that can be completed using a number of statistical packages. The book serves as a good reference on analysis of variance and its application.

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