The ecological detective was an excellent very readable introduction to the idea of combining data and models hilborn and mangel have made a good case for something other than popperian hypothetico deductive methods in ecology and done so in a way that demystifes the use of ecological models maximum likelihood estimation and bayesian . The book is not a set of pat statistical procedures but rather an approach the ecological detective makes liberal use of computer programming for the generation of hypotheses exploration of data and the comparison of different models the authors attitude is one of exploration both statistical and graphical. The ecological detective confronting models with data monographs in population biology by ray hilborn 1997 02 14 ray hilborn on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the modern ecologist usually works in both the field and laboratory uses statistics and computers and often works with ecological concepts that are model based. The data we encounter in ecological settings involve different kinds of randomness many ecological models describe only the average or modal value of a parameter but when we compare models to data we need methods for determining the probability of individual observations given a specific model and a value for the mean or mode of the parameter. Abebookscom the ecological detective confronting models with data 9780691034973 by ray hilborn marc mangel and a great selection of similar new used and collectible books available now at great prices
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