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Practical R for Biologists
By: Donald Quicke, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Buntika A Butcher, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Rachel Kruft Welton, Professional biology and science tutor
January 2021 | Paperback | 424 Pages | 9781789245349
December 2020 | ePDF 9781789245356 | ePub 9781789245363
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DescriptionR is a freely available, open-source statistical programming environment which provides powerful statistical analysis tools and graphics outputs. R is now used by a very wide range of people; biologists (the primary audience of this book), but also all other scientists and engineers, economists, market researchers and medical professionals. R users with expertise are constantly adding new associated packages, and the range already available is immense.
This text works through a set of studies that collectively represent almost all the R operations that biology students need in order to analyse their own data. The material is designed to serve students from first year undergraduates through to those beginning post graduate levels. Chapters are organized around topics such as graphing, classical statistical tests, statistical modelling, mapping, and text parsing. Examples are based on real scientific studies, and each one covers the use of more R functions than those simply necessary to get a p-value or plot.
The book walks the reader through the data analysis process, starting with very simple plots, and continuing through more complex analyses and programming. It shows how to deal with issues such as error messages that can be confronting for beginners, in order to set students up for a successful scientific career using R.
Collectively the authors have a vast amount of teaching experience which they apply here to make the passage into R programming as gentle and easy as possible, whilst guiding the reader to tackle quite complicated programming.
Table of contents
- 1: How to Use this Book
- 2: Installing and Running R
- 3: Very Basic R Syntax
- 4: First Simple Programs and Graphics
- 5: The Dataframe Concept
- 6: Plotting Biological Data in Various Ways
- 7: The Grammar of Graphics Family of Packages
- 8: Sets and Venn diagrams
- 9: Statistics: Choosing the Right Test
- 10: Commonly Used Measures and Statistical Tests
- 11: Regression and Correlation Analyses
- 12: Count Data as Response Variable
- 13: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- 14: Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA)
- 15: More Generalised Linear Modelling
- 16: Monte Carlo Tests and Randomisation
- 17: Principal Components Analysis
- 18: Species Abundance, Accumulation and Diversity Data
- 19: Survivorship
- 20: Dates and Julian Dates
- 21: Mapping and Parsing Text Input for Data
- 22: More on Manipulating Text
- 23: Phylogenies and Trees
- 24: Working with DNA Sequences and other character data
- 25: Spacing in Two Dimensions
- 26: Population Modelling Including Spatially Explicit Models
- 27: More on “apply” Family of Functions – Avoid Loops to get More Speed
- 28: Food webs and simple graphics
- 29: Adding Photographs
- 30: Standard Distributions in R
- 31: Reading and Writing Data to and from Files
ReadershipSuitable for: Undergraduate and beginning undergraduate students taking biology degrees, masters courses and graduate school courses.
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Prof. Dr Donald Quicke has had more than 40 years’ experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate biology students, initially at Sheffield University, UK and then at Imperial College London. He retired in 2013 and is now a teaching research fellow at the Department of Biology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the taxonomy and systematics and biology of parasitoid wasps.
Buntika A. Butcher has worked parasitoid wasps (plus some forensic entomology) since gaining her PhD in the Department of Biology, Imperial College London in 2004. On returning to Thailand she was appointed to a lectureship at Chulalongkorn University Bangkok and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. She has published more than 60 papers and has supervised numerous entomology students to masters anddoctoral degree levels.
Dr Rachel Kruft Welton did her master’s degree at Imperial College, London and a PhD at University of Birmingham, UK before qualifying as a teacher. She has been a professional biology and science tutor for nearly 20 years, including mentoring undergraduates as part of Birmingham University’s alumni scheme.
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