The Analysis of Biological Data: textbook and website

By Michael Whitlock1, Dolph Schluter1

1. University of British Columbia

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The Analysis of Biological Data is a new approach to teaching introductory statistics to biology students. To reach this unique audience, Whitlock and Schluter motivate learning with interesting biological and medical examples; they emphasize intuitive understanding; and they focus on real data. The book covers basic topics in introductory statistics, including graphs, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, comparison of means, regression, and designing experiments. It also introduces the principles behind such modern topics as likelihood, linear models, meta-analysis and computer-intensive methods. Instructors and students consistently praise the book's clear and engaging writing, strong visualization techniques, and its variety of fascinating and relevant biological examples.

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  • Whitlock, M. and D. Schluter. 2014. The Analysis of Biological Data, 2nd edition. Roberts and Company Publishers.

  • Michael Whitlock; Dolph Schluter (2015), "The Analysis of Biological Data: textbook and website,"

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