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Geostatistics Explained
An Introductory Guide for Earth Scientists

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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521746564

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  • A reader-friendly introduction to geostatistics for students and researchers struggling with statistics. Using simple, clear explanations for introductory and advanced material, it demystifies complex concepts and makes formulas and statistical tests easy to apply. Beginning with a critical evaluation of experimental and sampling design, the book moves on to explain essential concepts of probability, statistical significance and type 1 and type 2 error. An accessible graphical explanation of analysis of variance (ANOVA) leads onto advanced ANOVA designs, correlation and regression, and non-parametric tests including chi-square. Finally, it introduces the essentials of multivariate techniques, multi-dimensional scaling and cluster analysis, analysis of sequences and concepts of spatial analysis. Illustrated with wide-ranging examples from topics across the Earth and environmental sciences, Geostatistics Explained can be used for undergraduate courses or for self-study and reference. Worked examples at the end of each chapter reinforce a clear understanding of the statistical tests and their applications.

    • End-of-chapter worked examples allow the reader to manipulate data and see how tests and formulas actually work
    • Diagnostic tables for choosing the appropriate statistical test provide an excellent resource for the non-specialist
    • Explanations encourage and give the reader the confidence to use statistical tests and interpret the results effectively even if they have an aversion to mathematics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The book is easy to read, provides many examples, figures, graphs and illustrations as well as boxes providing complementary information. ... I can highly recommend this book based on my own experience with it, and can also imagine it being very useful for those teaching statistical methods to geoscientists." - Nina Kirchner, Mathematics Education Database

    "The book's accessible presentation style and numerous interesting, illustrative examples from topics across the earth sciences provide students and researchers with a good foundation and a clear understanding of the fundamentals of statistics. ... Useful index ... Highly recommended." CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521746564
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 200 b/w illus. 93 tables 20 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. 'Doing science': hypotheses, experiments and disproof
    3. Collecting and displaying data
    4. Introductory concepts of experimental design
    5. Doing science responsibly and ethically
    6. Probability helps you make a decision about your results
    7. Working from samples: data, populations and statistics
    8. Normal distributions: tests for comparing the means of one and two samples
    9. Type 1 and type 2 error, power and sample size
    10. Single factor analysis of variance
    11. Multiple comparisons after ANOVA
    12. Two-factor analysis of variance
    13. Important assumptions of analysis of variance: transformations and a test for equality of variances
    14. Two-factor analysis of variance without replication, and nested analysis of variance
    15. Relationships between variables: linear correlation and linear regression
    16. Linear regression
    17. Non-parametric statistics
    18. Non-parametric tests for nominal scale data
    19. Non-parametric tests for ratio, interval or ordinal scale data
    20. Introductory concepts of multivariate analysis
    21. Introductory concepts of sequence analysis
    22. Introductory concepts of spatial analysis
    23. Choosing a test
    Appendix A. Critical values of chi-square, Student's t and F
    Appendix B. Answers to questions

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Analysis of Earth Science Data
    • Data Methods in Geosciences
    • Earth Surface Processes
    • Environmental Geochemistry
    • Geostatistics
    • Intro to Geostatistics
    • Professional Writing in the Geosciences
    • Quantitative Methods In Geography
    • Quantitative Methods in the Geosciences
    • Scientific Methods In Geology
    • Spatial Statistics
    • Spatiotemporal Data Analysis
    • Statistics & Data Analysis for Earth Sciences
  • Authors

    Steve McKillup, Central Queensland University
    Steve McKillup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Resources at Central Queensland University. He has received several tertiary teaching awards, including the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Quality Teaching and a 2008 Australian Teaching and Learning Council citation 'For developing a highly successful method of teaching complex physiological and statistical concepts, and embodying that method in an innovative international textbook'. He is the author of Statistics Explained: An Introductory Guide for Life Scientists (Cambridge, 2006). His research interests include biological control of introduced species, the ecology of soft-sediment shores and mangrove swamps.

    Melinda Darby Dyar, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
    Melinda Darby Dyar is an Associate Professor of Geology and Astronomy at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Her research interests range from innovative pedagogies and curricular materials to the characterization of planetary materials. She has studied samples from mid-ocean ridges and every continent on Earth, as well as from the lunar highlands and Mars. She is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and the author or coauthor of more than 130 refereed journal articles. She is the author of two mineralogy DVDs used in college-level teaching, and a textbook, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy (2008).

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