Analyzing Animal Societies: Quantitative Methods for by Hal Whitehead

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By Hal Whitehead

When you are within the box of ethology or behavioral ecology, or anything learning animal habit, this e-book grants every little thing you must learn about social analyses. Hal Whitehead lays out precise yet comprehensible guideline on every thing from facts assortment to software program courses. i admire it.

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This methodology can be elaborated in many ways, but the essence remains testing whether factors affect a biological system by controlling their application. In the analysis of the social systems of free-ranging vertebrates, designed experiments are rare. For many species, experiments that would reveal important aspects of social structure are either impossible or sufficiently difficult, costly, or ethically questionable that they are not carried out. Instead, much use is made of quasi-experiments in which natural variation in independent variables is used to investigate their relationship with social measures.

In these cases, it is very important to state the question clearly and design the data collection and analysis appropriately. CHAPTER ONE 24 Thus, before starting research, we should consider some fundamental questions. Which data should be collected? How much data are needed to build a “useful” model of social structure or investigate our questions? In reality, the data have often been collected before the analysis is properly considered, and sometimes primarily for some quite different purpose, such as population analysis.

106). This methodology can be elaborated in many ways, but the essence remains testing whether factors affect a biological system by controlling their application. In the analysis of the social systems of free-ranging vertebrates, designed experiments are rare. For many species, experiments that would reveal important aspects of social structure are either impossible or sufficiently difficult, costly, or ethically questionable that they are not carried out. Instead, much use is made of quasi-experiments in which natural variation in independent variables is used to investigate their relationship with social measures.

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