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205067 The Stats Club (S) (SoSe 2021)

Inhalt, Kommentar

This colloquium is designed as a forum for discussing applied biostatistical problems. It offers an on-demand, goal-orientated, hands-on approach to experimental design and statistical analysis of behavioural, ecological and evolutionary data from the daily scientific work of the participants. Any questions arising before (preferred) or after experiments are carried out can be put up for discussion and will be disseminated among participants before the meetings in form of a one-page pdf concisely describing the problem. This will provide the background for a joint discussion of the issue, fuelling insight by the collective statistical expertise of all participants.

Your questions may include: What exactly is it that I want to find out? What kind of data should I collect and exactly how? Which specific control(s) do I need? Will my statistical power be sufficient to allow well-supported conclusions? Which is an appropriate statistical model for my type of data? Which error distribution reflects best the underlying stochastic processes? Are there any dependencies in my data and how can I control pseudoreplication? Which variables should be considered as fixed versus random effects terms in my model? Should interaction terms also be considered and what do they imply? How should I interpret the output of my stats software and which conclusions are supported by it (and which are not)?
In addition, the Stats Club also supports pre- and post-publication peer review of papers with interesting statistical problems and discusses research and methodological papers that offer new perspectives on experimental design, statistical methods and their applications.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen, notwendige Vorkenntnisse

It is advantageous to have some knowledge of basic statistical terms and methods and the concept of statistical tests. This colloquium is not intended to serve as a systematic biostatistics course.


1. Ruxton, G.D. & Colegrave, N. (2016): Experimental Design for the Life Sciences (4th edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2. Beckerman, A.P., Childs D.Z. & Petchey, O.L. (2017): Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists (2nd edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

3. Crawley, M.J. (2014): Statistics: An Introduction Using R (2nd edition). John Wiley, New York
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Termine (Kalendersicht )

Rhythmus Tag Uhrzeit Format / Ort Zeitraum  
wöchentlich Di 9-11 ONLINE   12.04.2021-23.07.2021


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20-EB_10 Ergänzungsmodul Biologie 2 std. Seminar 1 Studienleistung
20-EB_5 Ergänzungsmodul Biologie 2 std. Seminar 1 Studienleistung

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