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A Course in Morphometrics for Biologists - pr_1703942

A Course in Morphometrics for Biologists

Geometry and Statistics for Studies of Organismal Form



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This book builds a much-needed bridge between biostatistics and organismal biology by linking the arithmetic of statistical studies of organismal form to the biological inferences that may follow from it. It incorporates a cascade of new explanations of regression, correlation, covariance analysis, and principal components analysis, before applying these techniques to an increasingly common data resource: the description of organismal forms by sets of landmark point configurations. For each data set, multiple analyses are interpreted and compared for insight into the relation between the arithmetic of the measurements and the rhetoric of the subsequent biological explanations. The text includes examples that range broadly over growth, evolution, and disease. For graduate students and researchers alike, this book offers a unique consideration of the scientific context surrounding the analysis of form in today's biosciences.

Product code: 9781107190948

ISBN 9781107190948
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H236xW159xS27
No. Of Pages 544
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book teaches not only the 'how' for statistical analysis of organismal size and shape, but also the 'when' and the 'why'. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, it covers the whole range of today's best techniques while always emphasizing the ways that arithmetic leads to biological understanding.