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Basic biostatistics for geneticists and epidemiologists; a practical approach.


Basic biostatistics for geneticists and epidemiologists; a practical approach.

Elston, Robert C. and William D. Johnson.

John Wiley & Sons


373 pages




Elston (epidemiology and biostatistics, Case Western Reserve U.) and Johnson (biomedicine, Louisiana State U.) emphasize not so much how to perform some of the simpler statistical procedures that might be necessary for a research paper, but rather the basic concepts needed to understand the literature in biostatistics. Indeed the final chapter is a guide to the critical evaluation of published reports. Other topics include study design, estimates and confidence limits, and the many uses of chi-square. The textbook should be accessible to students with no more than high school mathematics, but can also provide insight to graduate students of statistics about applications in genetics and epidemiology. Answers are provided for half the problems.

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Date:Mar 1, 2009
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