Appendix

APPENDIX 3I Statistics for the Molecular Biologist: Group Comparisons

  1. Elizabeth F. Ryder,
  2. Phil Robakiewicz

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mba03is43

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

How to Cite

Ryder, E. F. and Robakiewicz, P. 2001. Statistics for the Molecular Biologist: Group Comparisons. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 67:3I:A.3I.1–A.3I.22.

Author Information

  1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JUL 1998

Abstract

In this appendix, some of the statistical tests most commonly used (and misused) in biological research are discussed. These tests are used for comparisons among groups (e.g., t test and ANOVA). A number of other important areas (e.g., linear regression, correlation, and goodness-of-fit testing) are not covered. The purpose is to enable the reader to determine rapidly the most appropriate way to analyze data, and to point out some of the most common errors to avoid.