Welcome to Practical Stats
For several decades we provided statistical training and consulting for the environmental sciences and natural resources. Now that our lead scientist has retired, we are making available here a number of resources for you to freely view so that you might "Make Sense of Your Data" (our motto).NEW -- Our Nondetects And Data Analysis training course is now available AT NO COST online. It successfully trained students over many years in statistical methods for data with nondetects. All materials are here, but no email support is provided. Questions by email will likely never be answered. But hey, its now free!
Videos -- Recordings of webinars given by Dennis Helsel over the years. Our "𝝁Tube" for environmental statistics.
NEW(ish) -- An April 2022 talk
by Dennis Helsel: Two Things I've Learned After 43 Years of Applying Statistics to Environmental Science
Available in the Videos menu are:
Videos for data with nondetects (censored data)
Videos for general environmental statistics.
1. The 2020 version of the classic textbook Statistical Methods in Water Resources
is now available as
* a free
download. See the link on our Books page
* an inexpensive hardcopy sold by the US Geological Survey, at https://store.usgs.gov/product/533012
2. Statistics for Censored Environmental Data (2nd edition)
was published by Wiley in 2012 and is available for purchase as an ebook or print.
There is a slight chance that I'll produce a third edition that will contain all the information found in our Nondetects And Data Analysis training course. But don't count on it.
The NADA2 package for R provides advanced data analysis methods for censored data. It is now freely available at https://cran.r-project.org/package=NADA2
. NEW -- The new NADA2 function centrendsea performs a nonparametric Seasonal Kendall trend analysis for censored data after first adjusting for the effect of a covariate (a variable that is not time). Now available in v. 1.1+ of NADA2 on the CRAN site.
NADA2 goes well beyond estimating summary statistics in providing methods for data analysis of data with one or multiple detection limits. Without substituting any fraction of the detection limit(s), using NADA2 you can:
* Compute confidence, prediction and tolerance intervals
* Test for exceedances of a standard
* Perform matched pair (before/after, upstream/downstream, etc.) tests
* Test for group differences -- parametric, nonparametric and permutation tests
* Compute correlation coefficients and regression
* Draw QQ and partial plots to guide whether to transform x and y variables in regression
* Build multiple regression models and find models with the least error
* Perform parametric and nonparametric trend analyses
* Cluster groups of censored multivariate data
* Draw NMDS plots of censored multivariate data
* Test for group differences and trends of censored multivariate data
… .. and much more.
Newsletters containing bits of information on environmental statistics were published periodically from 2003 - 2021. They are available for download from our Newsletter Archive.
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