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  +  <font face="tahoma" size="2" color="#000099">The '''statistics portal''' is a central place for everything related to statistical analysis in biological research. As a central starting point it might provide links to pages discussing individual statistical topics in detail as well as listing useful software and recommended external web pages. Help it grow by contributing content.</font>  
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* [[guide to statistics software]]  * [[guide to statistics software]]  
* [[R Statistics]]  * [[R Statistics]]  
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* Microsoft's [[wikipedia:Microsoft ExcelExcel]] and OpenOffice's [[wikipedia:OpenOffice.org CalcCalc]] are of limited use for statistical analysis  * Microsoft's [[wikipedia:Microsoft ExcelExcel]] and OpenOffice's [[wikipedia:OpenOffice.org CalcCalc]] are of limited use for statistical analysis  
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  Background reading from the Wikipedia  +  
* [[wikipedia:Biostatisticsbiostatistics]]  * [[wikipedia:Biostatisticsbiostatistics]]  
* measures of central tendency: [[wikipedia:meanmean]], [[wikipedia:medianmedian]], [[wikipedia:modemode]]  * measures of central tendency: [[wikipedia:meanmean]], [[wikipedia:medianmedian]], [[wikipedia:modemode]]  
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  Forums  +  ====Forums==== 
* [http://www.protocolonline.org/forums/index.php?showforum=1 Bioinformatics & biostatistics subforum] at protocolonline.org. This subforum is mostly bioinformatics with only some statistics threads. The forum is very active with over 20k registered members and usually >200 users online.  * [http://www.protocolonline.org/forums/index.php?showforum=1 Bioinformatics & biostatistics subforum] at protocolonline.org. This subforum is mostly bioinformatics with only some statistics threads. The forum is very active with over 20k registered members and usually >200 users online.  
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  Tutorials  +  ====Tutorials==== 
* [http://helios.bto.ed.ac.uk/bto/statistics/tress1.html The really easy statistics site] by Jim Deacon, Uni of Edinburgh  great starting point  * [http://helios.bto.ed.ac.uk/bto/statistics/tress1.html The really easy statistics site] by Jim Deacon, Uni of Edinburgh  great starting point  
* [[BMJ Statistics Notes series]]  very accessible article series on statistics in medicine  * [[BMJ Statistics Notes series]]  very accessible article series on statistics in medicine  
* Intuitive Biostatistics, chapter 37: [http://www.graphpad.com/www/book/Choose.htm Choosing a statistical test] and chapter 12: [http://www.graphpad.com/www/book/Interpret.htm Interpreting nonsignificant p values] from the site of the GraphPad software  * Intuitive Biostatistics, chapter 37: [http://www.graphpad.com/www/book/Choose.htm Choosing a statistical test] and chapter 12: [http://www.graphpad.com/www/book/Interpret.htm Interpreting nonsignificant p values] from the site of the GraphPad software  
  Online books  +  ====Online books==== 
* [http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/index.html HyperStat] statistics textbook by David Lane (prof. for psychology & statistics)  * [http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/index.html HyperStat] statistics textbook by David Lane (prof. for psychology & statistics)  
* [http://www.tufts.edu/~gdallal/LHSP.HTM The Little Handbook of Statistical Practice] by Gerard E. Dallal (chief of the Biostatistics Unit, Tufts Uni)  * [http://www.tufts.edu/~gdallal/LHSP.HTM The Little Handbook of Statistical Practice] by Gerard E. Dallal (chief of the Biostatistics Unit, Tufts Uni)  
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* [http://www.visualstatistics.net/Visual%20Statistics%20Multimedia/Outline%20of%20Visual%20Statistics.htm Visual Statistics Book] by Cruise Scientific  * [http://www.visualstatistics.net/Visual%20Statistics%20Multimedia/Outline%20of%20Visual%20Statistics.htm Visual Statistics Book] by Cruise Scientific  
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  +  ===Quotes===  
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+  Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.  
+  :Mark Twain (1835  1910)  
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+  Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.  
+  :Evan Esar (1899  1995)  
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+  I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.  
+  :Sir Winston Churchill (1874  1965)  
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+  Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.  
+  :Fletcher Knebel  
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+  There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.  
+  :Benjamin Disraeli (1804  1881)  
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Revision as of 12:23, 7 September 2007
The statistics portal is a central place for everything related to statistical analysis in biological research. As a central starting point it might provide links to pages discussing individual statistical topics in detail as well as listing useful software and recommended external web pages. Help it grow by contributing content.  
Topics
Software

Recommended LinksBackground reading from the Wikipedia
Forums
Tutorials
Online books

QuotesFacts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
