The Analysis of Biological Data

The Analysis of Biological Data


By (author) Michael Whitlock, By (author) Dolph Schluter


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  • Publisher: Roberts & Company Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 239mm x 43mm | 1,837g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Greenwood Village
  • ISBN 10: 0981519407
  • ISBN 13: 9780981519401
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 131,803

Product description

The Analysis of Biological Data is a new approach to teaching introductory statistics to biology students. Whitlock and Schluter use several techniques to reach this unique audience. Throughout, they teach statistics in the context of interesting biological and medical examples; they emphasize intuitive understanding rather than an over-reliance on formulas; they focus on the data rather than the mathematical foundations of statistics; and they introduce - on a conceptual level - modern topics such as likelihood, regression, randomization, meta-analysis and the bootstrap. Instructors and students consistently praise the book's clear and engaging writing, strong visualization techniques, and the wide variety of fascinating and relevant biological examples.

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Author information

Michael Whitlock is an evolutionary biologist and population geneticist. He is a Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught statistics to biology students since 1995. Dolph Schluter is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Zoology Department and Biodiversity Research Center at the University of British Columbia. He is known for his research on the ecology and evolution of Galapagos finches and threespine stickleback.

Review quote

"This book is engaging, intuitive, and with a coverage and pace that is perfect for a first statistics course in biology." --Allen J. Moore, University of Exeter