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A Friendly Introduction to Ecological Statistics
Most projects in field biology, environmental science and geology now require use of quantitative data analysis and statistics. In this two-day course we will cover the most important subjects in univariate and simple multivariate statistics from a very practical perspective, with real data sets and realistic problem solving. We will use the free and friendly Past software (written by the lecturer), but the methods are equally relevant for users of other programs. We will discuss not only the practicalities of statistics, but also the limitations of statistical testing, demonstrated by example.


Dr. Øyvind Hammer instructor at Transmitting Science
Dr. Øyvind Hammer
(University of Oslo, Norway).

Organising committee:

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno organiser committee at Transmitting Science
Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

(Transmitting Science, Spain).
Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón organiser committee at Transmitting Science
Jesús Marugán-Lobón

(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain).


All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows).




1st Day.

- Introduction to statistics: Samples and populations, descriptive statistics, mean and variance. Distributions. Purpose and limitations of statistical testing.

- Testing for difference: Two-sample tests, multiple-sample tests.

  • Practice with software.

2nd Day.

- Counted data: Contingency tables

- Are things connected? Correlation, regression and curve fitting

  • Practice with software.

- Several variables: Multivariate tests (MANOVA). Discovering structure (PCA).

  • Practice with software.


For further information contact: courses@transmittingscience.org.


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