Introduction to WinBUGS for Ecologists: Bayesian approach to regression, ANOVA, mixed models and…

Paperback | June 17, 2010

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Introduction to WinBUGS for Ecologists introduces applied Bayesian modeling to ecologists using the highly acclaimed, free WinBUGS software. It offers an understanding of statistical models as abstract representations of the various processes that give rise to a data set. Such an understanding is basic to the development of inference models tailored to specific sampling and ecological scenarios. The book begins by presenting the advantages of a Bayesian approach to statistics and introducing the WinBUGS software. It reviews the four most common statistical distributions: the normal, the uniform, the binomial, and the Poisson. It describes the two different kinds of analysis of variance ANOVA : one-way and two- or multiway. It looks at the general linear model, or ANCOVA, in R and WinBUGS. It introduces generalized linear model GLM , i.e., the extension of the normal linear model to allow error distributions other than the normal. The GLM is then extended contain additional sources of random variation to become a generalized linear mixed model GLMM for a Poisson example and for a binomial example. The final two chapters showcase two fairly novel and nonstandard versions of a GLMM. The first is the site-occupancy model for species distributions; the second is the binomial or N- mixture model for estimation and modeling of abundance. Introduction to the essential theories of key models used by ecologists Complete juxtaposition of classical analyses in R and Bayesian analysis of the same models in WinBUGS Provides every detail of R and WinBUGS code required to conduct all analyses Companion Web Appendix that contains all code contained in the book and additional material including more code and solutions to exercises

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Introduction to WinBUGS for Ecologists introduces applied Bayesian modeling to ecologists using the highly acclaimed, free WinBUGS software. It offers an understanding of statistical models as abstract representations of the various processes that give rise to a data set. Such an understanding is basic to the development of inference m...

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Introduction to WINbugs for Ecologists is an introduction to Bayesian statistical modeling, written for ecologists by an ecologist, using the widely available WinBUGS package. Examples are placed within a comprehensive and largely non-mathematical overview of linear, generalized linear (GLM), mixed and generalized linear mixed models (...

Dr Kery is a Population Ecologist with the Swiss Ornithological Institute and a courtesy professor ("Privatdozent") at the University of Zürich/Switzerland, from where he received his PhD in Ecology in 2000. He is an expert in the estimation and modeling of abundance, distribution and species richness in "metapopulation designs" (i.e.,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 17, 2010Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Principles of Bayesian Statistics, WinBUGS, A First Session in WinBUGS, Running WinBUGS from R via R2WinBUGS, Key Components of Generalized Linear Models, T-Test, Normal Linear Regression, Normal One-Way ANOVA, Interaction, General Linear Model, Linear Mixed-Effects Model, Introduction to the Generalized Linear Model (GLM), Overdispersion and Offsets in the GLM, Poisson ANCOVA, Poisson Mixed-Effects Model, Binomial T-Test, Binomial ANCOVA, Binomial Mixed-Effects Model, Non-Standard GLMMs 1, Non-Standard GLMMs 2, Conclusion and Outlook, Acknowledgements, References

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"I don't believe this book was written with the goal of being treated as the primary text of an intro Bayesian statistics course. That said, it could prove to be a useful supplemental text for an introductory Bayesian course or even a linear models course. Although the book was geared towards ecologists, I believe it would be an excellent library addition for any applied modeler interested in applying Bayesian methodologies in their work."--The American Statistician