Asking Questions in Biology: A Guide to Hypothesis Testing, by Chris Barnard, Francis Gilbert, Peter Mcgregor

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By Chris Barnard, Francis Gilbert, Peter Mcgregor

The whole consultant to useful paintings within the organic sciences: from notion of the research, via information assortment, information research and at last presentation.

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4. Dividing by n − 1 gives the variance of the sample, an important intermediate quantity in many statistical tests. 5. Taking the square root of the variance gives the standard deviation. 1), usually represented as σ or s. If your calculator has both σ and σn−1 buttons, it is the σn−1 one that you want. The standard deviation will become important later, but for the moment we can simply use it to obtain the standard error. All we need to do is call up the standard deviation, square it, divide it by n and take the square root.

2, Figs (i) and (iii)), or directly by typing in a simple formula. 2, Fig. qxd 18/06/2007 03:11PM Page 35 EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS Figure (i) The ‘Descriptive Statistics’ dialogue box in Excel. clicking on ‘Tools’ followed by ‘Data Analysis’* and ‘Descriptive Statistics’. This generates the dialogue box in Fig. (i) above. 2, Fig. (iii), we can tick the ‘Summary statistics’ and ‘Grouped by: Columns’ options in the box in Fig. (i), and enter the first and last data cells of the data we wish to include in the ‘Input range:’ box.

We can test this prediction by carrying out a suitable investigation and associated confirmatory analysis. Formally, however, we do not test predictions in this form. Rather, we test them in a null form that is expressed as a hypothesis against the prediction. This is known as a null hypothesis and is often expressed in shorthand as H0 (the prediction made by the study is then referred to conventionally as H1). Predictions are tested in the form of a null hypothesis because science proceeds conservatively, always assuming that something interesting is not happening unless convincing evidence suggests, for the moment, that it might be.

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