Troubador General, Biological and Biomedical Statistics

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781838028107

Format: Paperback

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This book is designed to dispel fear from statistics usually born in the mind of non-mathematicians, particularly new users in the fields of biological, biomedical, and medical sciences, from basic to advanced. The carefully selected scientific material along with examples with hand and computer solutions offer a very good lead to follow. The book aims to help users understand the philosophy and the concepts of statistics.

This book falls into 12 chapters; the first three or four chapters cover a smooth introduction to all the statistical manipulations in general statistics, statistical tests for parametric and non-parametric traits data and proportions, measures of association, regressions and correlations are dealt with in detail, as well as, techniques and procedures needed to combine data and research results, published or under publication. The last, chapter 12, deals with the frequently used statistical methods and terminologies in the medical field.

Whenever there is gap in knowledge and controversy over topics in statistics, I tried to fill some with new approaches or methodologies. Such new material includes: standard error for the median; leaf-to-stem method of sampling for epidemiological studies; sampling for cellular studies and formation of replicates; the confidence interval as a test of significance, the importance of consistency in the results; using the results of chi-square in the discussion; the source of error in analysis of variance; the use of the least significant difference (LSD) test for many groups comparison; combining results in meta-analysis with combined effect-effect size difference of many research results and the confidence limits in calculation of cut-off values for new diagnostic kits and applications.

All examples, the majority hypothetical, were tailored to add more understanding to the concepts and topics; such were analysed by-hand first, as an easy guide to the steps, then by a computer package (I used Minitab version 17 onward).

The topics were carefully selected to address the needs and requirements of regular courses in statistics and applications, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and for research data analysis for beginners and highly advanced.

Professor Waleed K. Al-Murrani has published this work incorporating over 45 years of research and teaching, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Iraq and UK.

- Title: General, Biological and Biomedical Statistics
- Author: Waleed K. AL-Murrani
- Contributors: Richard D. Handy (Editor)
- Description:

- This book is designed to dispel fear from statistics usually born in the mind of non-mathematicians, particularly new users in the fields of biological, biomedical, and medical sciences, from basic to advanced. Whenever there is gap in knowledge and controversy over topics in statistics, I tried to fill some with new approaches or methodologies. Such new material includes: standard error for the median; leaf-to-stem method of sampling for epidemiological studies; sampling for cellular studies and formation of replicates; the confidence interval as a test of significance, the importance of consistency in the results; using the results of chi-square in the discussion; the source of error in analysis of variance; the use of the least significant difference (LSD) test for many groups comparison; combining results in meta-analysis with combined effect-effect size difference of many research results and the confidence limits in calculation of cut-off values for new diagnostic kits and applications. The book aims to help users understand the philosophy and the concepts of statistics.
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As a non-statistician, I have been finding it very useful and easy to understand. I particularly value the worked examples. Your style is very straight forward and clear. It covers a huge range of topics and is extremely well indexed so I can find things easily. I like that you start with the very basics and build to more complex areas. I know it will be useful for the range of analyses I use and would expect our students to use. It will definitely help me ensure that I use methods appropriately and can advise students accurately. It also nicely backs up the basic topics I teach (about half of chp 1), so I can refer students to this chapter after my lecture.

I will certainly be recommending it to students in the planning of the their studies and the analysis. I see there are five copies in the library which is excellent, I can refer students to these. Often people find statistics overwhelming and find it difficult to get started. I think I can recommend your book with confidence that even the most hesitant student should be able to work through the concepts, make sense of it, and progress their learning.

I am sure it has been received well and I look forward to continuing to use it during my work. Thank you again for this valuable and generous addition to my library.

Mary Hickson PhD RD | Professor of Dietetics | University of Plymouth|
BDA, The Association of UK Dietitians, Full Member 2016

by Professor Mary Hickson PhD RD


The book:
(General, Biological and Biomedical Statistics – ISBN: 978-1-8380281-0-7) which is authored and printed/distributed by (Troubador Publishing/UK), in August 2021, because Professor Al-Murrani’s book discusses aspects of both the design and analysis of biological and biomedical experiments. I would recommend it to students studying a wide range of science disciplines at different levels. It would also be useful for some of the people whom I help with consultancy questions.
Wishing all an enjoyable time using this book for statistics teaching and practice.

Dr Julian Stander
Associate Professor in Mathematics and Statistics
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
The University of Plymouth, UK
20 January 2022

by Dr Julian Stander


Waleed K. Al-Murrani

Professor Waleed K. Al-Murrani

Honorary Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences (University of Plymouth, UK)

Fellow of the Royal Statistics Society (FRSS-UK)

Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (University of Baghdad, Iraq)

BVM & S (University of Baghdad, Iraq)

Research Certificate (University of Bradford, UK)

Dip and PhD (University of Edinburgh, UK)

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