Benjamin/Cummings, 1999 - Science - 620 pages
This coherent text translates the methods of statisticians into "ecological English" so that students may readily apply these methods to the real world. Ecological Methodology, Second Edition provides a balance of material on animal and plant populations. It teaches students of ecology how to design the most efficient tests in order to obtain maximum precision with minimal work. The first part of the text focuses on biological and technical issues in statistical methodology. Students learn about advances that have been made in designing better sampling devices, along with the techniques and equipment used for sampling. The second part deals with creating solid statistical design, and presents all methods that are well-known to statisticians in a language and context that students will easily understand.
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This book is largely concerned with the descriptive statistics of ecology and the
types of sampling schemes that ecologists can adopt. For example, the
conceptually simple variable population size is difficult to measure, and yet is
vital for most ...
Population (a) In statistics, the universe of items under study is called the
population. I will distinguish this concept as the statistical population. (b) In
ecology, a population is a defined group of organisms of one species living in a
The statistical population may or may not be a biological population, and the two
ideas should not be confused. In many cases the statistical population is clearly
specified: the white-tailed deer population of the Savannah River Ecological ...