- Hardcover: 929 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (October 18, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013081542X
- ISBN-13: 978-0130815422
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
This book combines useful explanations of statistical methods in the biological sciences with statistical graphs and tables frequently employed by researchers. It requires no previous knowledge of statistics and can be used as a reference tool for those looking for information on population sampling, frequency analysis, probabilities, and more.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This long-awaited revision of this best-selling biostatistics text is both comprehensive and easy to read. Provides a broad and practical overview of the statistical analysis methods used by researchers to collect, summarize, analyze, and draw conclusions from biological research data. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Incidentally, I ordered the hardcover version new and it arrived in terrible condition. The binding was separated from the cover in both front and back. I could not find the option to call Amazon for customer service to request a replacement so I mentioned this complaint in my review, but have not factored it into the 4 star rating.
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Book: This is a classic. Some stated that it was high level, but I didn't see it that way. He provides great examples with good details on the exact calculations. One should be able to perform all calculations with any usual calculator or spreadsheet. He does not delve into any derivations or higher level math such as derivatives and integrals. In fact, the entire book is very practical.
This book covers from Biostatistics approach which means that there is more dealing with the nonparametric side and more dealing with metrics for species, diseases, etc. not usually found in statistical texts. He covers that same areas as the usual texts, but adds better examples, detail calculations and includes good interpretations. The emphasis was more on "use" rather than subtle statistical basics for the methods.
One of the great features was inclusion of Circular Statistics, which to date his is the only one I've come across that actually provides great coverage of this area. This is not covered in any texts that I've owned, except the original works by Mardia. And the examples are very good in how to use and applications. This area is surprisingly encountered more often than not and is always overlooked. I would buy this book just for that section alone. In fact this approach solves a lot of those periodic, seasonal variation problems I ran across in industry.
Overall, he covers the usual stats, adds a lot of features (similarity, diversity, various indices, etc.), covers "random", added chapters on circular, added "intraclass correlation" which is also overlooked, and still covers the basic stats that all need to know. It's more like a "handbook" with great examples, and does not approach from a Math-Stat-Must Derive Foundation from Theorems. Sometimes all we want to do is solve the problem, understand the assumptions included in the method, and not dwell on deriving and interpreting or deriving from some high level, fundamental theorem. I've always hated "theorem-speak" where they provide 2 theorems, 5 corollaries, and then hand you a practical problem to solve (where the derivation of the connection between theory and application was "left to the student!" -- my major was not math; but in sciences sometimes you just need to use the methods correctly and do not need to carry all the deriviations. I think that when I see the methods in a rep. text, I found that I can usually trust the integrity of the authors. Past that point, I just need to apply the methods and not make mistakes.)
I started with 2nd ed, bought the 3rd and 4th. I don't see that the 5th offered much more than the 4th. And the price of the 4th (because the 5th is out there) is reasonable. This is one of the standard texts I keep in my library; I will be getting rid of some of those standard texts.
Like: The price was just a couple of bucks - well worth it for a reference and much cheaper than the ink and paper used in an ink jet. Good for us old-timers who prefer written texts over ebooks.
Dislike: I personally prefer more sophisticated treatments that are more suitable for physics, physical sciences and engineering. I would not recommend purchasing the newest edition for which the cost increases by 100x.
It is well-suited for all levels of education and fields requiring only high-school algebra II/pre-calculus, and non-mathematically intensive areas, specifically in biology, health-science, nursing and/or medicine. It is also of value for business, economics, and as an aid for data analysis in general. It may be of some value as background material for information/communication theory, statistical mechanics/optics,etc.