An Introduction To Basic Statistics For Biologists Using R

ISBN: 978-1-909832-07-7; RRP: GBP: 22.99; USD: 29.99; Euro: 27.99; Published April 2020. Buy It Now: To purchase this book from, click here; To purchase it from, click here.

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This is the first volume in the Practical Statistics for Biologists Workbooks series. It provides biologists with a uniquely easy-to-understand introduction to conducting statistical analysis in R. It does this through a series of practical exercises based on easy-to-follow flow diagrams that show biologists exactly how to do a variety of key tasks.

These include: 1. Importing data sets and preparing them for analysis; 2. Creating graphs from them; 3. Assessing and transforming their distributions; 4. Using statistics to compare data between groups; 5. Conducting correlations and regressions.

Together, these represent the key tasks biologists need to be able to carry out to start analysing their data using R. This means it provides the perfect practical introduction for any biologist interested in learning how to use R to do statistics.

This book is also well-suited to act as a course text for those who wish to teach introductory statistics courses using R, whether remotely, online or in-person, to undergraduate, masters or postgraduate students in any biological field. This is because it not only provides a practical guide suitable for accompanying the teaching of statistical theory, it also provides off-the-shelf exercises, complete with suitable data sets, that can be used as the basis for practical classes. Free supporting materials to help with such classes are available here.

We run a range of courses to fit all requirements based around this book, including in-person courses, live distance learning courses and a free on-demand online course. For more information, please click here.

Free Chapter Extracts

You can download the following free PDF extracts from this book (but please do not re-post them anywhere else without express written permission):

  1. Table of Contents.
  2. Chapter 1 – Introduction (whole chapter).
  3. Chapter 2 – What You Need To Know To Get Started With R (first 4 pages).
  4. Chapter 3 – Preparing Biological Data For Statistical Analysis Using R (introduction to the chapter and the first 5 pages of Exercise 1.1: How to import data into R).
  5. Exercise 2.1 – How To Make A Frequency Distribution Histogram (first 6 pages).
  6. Exercise 3.1 – How To Assess Whether A Biological Data Set Has A Normal Distribution Using R (first 7 pages).

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Data Download For This Workbook

To download the data required for this workbook, first create a new folder on your computer and rename it STATS_FOR_BIOLOGISTS_ONE. Next, click here to download compressed file containing the data to the folder you have just created. Once it has been downloaded, open the compressed file, copy its entire contents (which consists of a total of 21 files) and paste them into the folder STATS_FOR_BIOLOGISTS_ONE. Once you have done this, you are ready to start working through the practical exercises in this workbook. NOTE: You only need to download and unzip this compressed file once as it contains all the files you need to complete every exercise contained in An Introduction to Basic Statistics for Biologists using R.

If, for some reason, you cannot download and unzip this compressed folder, you can download the individual files it contains by clicking on the following links: all_locatons.csv; blue_tit_breeding_data.csv; blue_tit_occupancy_data.csv; blue_tit_occupancy_data.xls (not available to download individually for security reasons, use blue_tit_data_occupancy.xlsx instead); blue_tit_occupancy.xlsx; cetacean_data.csv; error_checking_data.csv; fish_data.csv; great_tit_breeding_data.csv; great_tit_mass_data.csv; great_tit_occupancy_data.csv; great_tit_paired_glm.csv; great_tit_seasonal_mass.csv; human_data.csv; lizard_data.csv; macro_bat_data.csv; micro_bat_data.csv; nestbox_breeding_data.csv; R_CODE_BASIC_STATS_WORKBOOK.DOC; sealice_data.csv.