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Biostatistical Analysis, 5th Edition

Zar’s Biostatistical Analysis, Fifth Edition, is the ideal book for readers seeking practical coverage of statistical analysis methods used by researchers to collect, summarize, analyze and draw conclusions from biological research. The latest edition of this best-selling textbook is both comprehensive and easy to read. It is suitable as an introduction for beginners and as a comprehensive reference book for biological researchers and other advanced users.

Introduction; Populations and Samples; Measures of Central Tendency; Measures of Dispersion and Variability; Probabilities; The Normal Distribution; One-Sample Hypotheses; Two-Sample Hypotheses; Paired-Sample Hypotheses; Multisample Hypotheses: The Analysis of Variance; Multiple Comparisons; Two-Factor Analysis of Variance; Data Transformations; Multiway Factorial Analysis of Variance; Nested (Hierarchical) Analysis of Variance; Multivariate Analysis of Variance; Simple Linear Regression; Comparing Simple Linear Regression Equations; Simple Linear Correlation; Multiple Regression and Correlation; Polynomial Regression; Testing for Goodness of Fit; Contingency Tables; More on Dichotomous Variables; Testing for Randomness; Circular Distributions: Descriptive Statistics; Circular Distributions: Hypothesis Testing

For all readers interested in biostatistics.

About the Author

Jerrold H. Zar received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University in 1962. He later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology and zoology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zar then returned to Northern Illinois University for 34 years to serve in a variety of capacities. He joined the faculty at NIU as an Assistant Professor in 1968 and quickly rose through the ranks of associate and full professor to become Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in 1978. He served two terms as Chair of the Department and then, became the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the Graduate School.  He was a founder of the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program and the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunities Program, where he helped create and protect fellowship opportunities for minority graduate students at universities across the state. Zar is a member of 17 professional scientific societies, including being an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His many research publications cover a range of topics, from statistical analysis to physiological adaptations of animals to their environment.

This book and BIOMETRY by Sokal and Rohlf are the two standard statistics books that live on the shelves of most biological researchers.

Zar makes methods and interpretations of statistical analyses accessible and understandable. There are suffient numbers of statistical tests in the text to cover most of my statistical needs. The book also includes its own tables of critical values (something that BIOMETRY does not — there’s a paperback companion book of tables for that book). Zar also includes examples that are easy to follow, as well as enough mathematical background to allow one to understand the hypothetical and much of the mathematics behind the statistical methods.

I typically turn to Zar first when I have a statistical question. This book continues to be a highly prized ally of mine in the data analysis game.

I highly recommend this book to all biology grad students and researchers. It’s well worth the price — an investment that pays off!

This book is popular because it is well written and authoritative. It is written for biologists, medical students and researchers who do not have any prior knowledge of probability or statistics and may have little mathematical training as well. It serves as an introductory text providing many homework exercises. It can also be used as a reference. It is very thorough and covers most of the important topics required for biological problems. The needed probability is introduced when necessary.
There is the usual emphasis on hypothesis testing and regression. Correlation and analysis of variance are also very well covered. Important issues of sample size determination are covered and many solutions are provided in easy to use box descriptions.

As the author points out in the preface, in order to make this text a good reference it is extensive (663 pages of text followed by appendices and a large number of tables). It also includes a wealth of useful reference articles and books. Consequently, there is too much material for a one semester course. The author provides instructors with guidelines for sections to cover in an introductory course.

Notable topics covered in this text that is rarely found in introductory biostatistics books include multivariate methods especially the multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA)and inference for circular data.

Recent developments in meta analysis, Bayesian statistics and bootstrap methods are not covered. In fact, these topics are not covered at all. Also, the important topic of missing data is omitted. Outliers are only covered briefly and just a few references are given but the major references, the texts by Hawkins and the treatise of Barnett and Lewis are neglected.

This textbook covers a very broad spectrum of biostatistics. It is the best reference for design and analysis of experiments, regardless of the application. This opinion is coming from a person with an MS in statistics. -Brian Mayeux statistician for NIOSH (CDC).

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (February 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131008463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131008465
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8 x 9.8 inches

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