Welcome to Practical Stats

Statistical training and consulting for the environmental sciences and natural resources. From Singapore to South Dakota, our courses have enabled scientists to build better regression models, test for trends, see multivariate patterns, and correctly interpret nondetect (censored) data.

Our Mission
To train scientists in air, water, soil, and biological sciences to make sense of your data.

Training Courses
We provide online on-demand courses in Environmental Statistics. See our Training Page for course details.

The 2020 version of the classic textbook Statistical Methods in Water Resources is now available for download. See the link on our Books page

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Just Out -- How Many Observations Are Censored Data Worth?
Now on our Videos Page as VID #5.
Your dataset has 30 observations, 12 of which are nondetects. How many equivalent observations do you have for the information content possessed in these data? Is it more than just 30 - 12 = 18 detected observations? Other questions that will be answered include:
* Is it true that "nondetects don't tell you much, you might as well drop them from the dataset"?
* Is there a limit of percent nondetects above which it is no longer worth doing statistics (over the years I've heard 20%, 50%, or more)?
* If the detection limit of an observation is (equal to; two times; more??) the highest detected value can I just throw that observation out?

See our Webinars Page for details on past webinars available for viewing. Our Videos page has less-technical, general interest videos. Recordings of more technical webinars are available on our Online Training Center as "free courses".

We've provided statistical training for the environmental sciences and natural resources since 1990 in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. See our credentials page. We clearly communicate information to the working scientist. We make statistics current, accurate, and practical.

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