Syllabus
Fall

Intermediate Biometry

PLNTSOIL 661
Fall Semester, Every Year

Instructor

Wesley R. Autio
205 Bowditch Hall
Telephone: (413) 545-2963
Fax: (413) 545-0260
Email: autio@pssci.umass.edu
Office hours by appointment.

Texts

Three course packets are available at the Textbook Annex. They include the course outline, homework assignments, and course notes in one, 10 years of old exams (2001-10) and their solutions the second, and SAS laboratories and SAS homework assignments in the third.

Optional Text: Damon, R. A., Jr. and W. R. Harvey. 1987. Experimental Design, ANOVA, and Regression. Harper & Row, New York. 508 pages (This book is out of print, but is published as a course packet.).


Meeting Times
(Fall, 2011)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM (136 Hasbrouck)
Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (1667 W.E.B. Du Bois Library)

Class Description

Students will be given the background necessary to design and analyze the results from field and laboratory experiments. The class will focus on statistical analysis for agricultural scientists, but will be relevant for students in a variety of biological fields. Computer-assisted analysis will be presented and will be utilized by students in assignments.

Grading

Three exams, a comprehensive take-home final, and written assignments will be used to assess student progress.

Class Outline

I. Basic terminology

A. Symbolic notation
B. Degrees of freedom
C. Mathematical models
D. Descriptive statistics

II. Analysis of variance

A. Introduction
B. One-way classification
C. Two-way classification, one measurement
D. Two-way classification, repeated measurements
E. Three+-way classification
F. Nested classification
G. Fixed and random effects
1. Fixed model
2. Random model
3. Mixed model

H. Unequal numbers
I. Mean separation, partitioning of sums of squares

1. Linear comparisons
2. Orthogonal polynomial comparisons
3. Range tests
4. Mean separation within interactions

III. Regression

A. The regression model
B. Linear and curvi- linear regression
C. Prediction
D. Analysis of covariance

IV. Experimental design

A. Completely randomized
B. Randomized complete block
C. Latin square
D. Greco-Latin square
E. Split plot
F. Combined designs

2011 Class Schedule

Readings &
Practice Exercises

Course outline

Text sections

Pages

Exercises

I.

1.1-1.5.6

1-10

1.1-1.7

II.

2.1-2.9

12-31

2.1-2.6

II.

3.1-3.19

38-112

3.1-3.15

II.

4.1-4.19

152-173

4.1-4.8

III.

5.1-5.9, 5.14-5.15

185-233, 247-256

5.1-5.11

III.

8.1-8.7

389-411

8.1-8.4

IV.

6.1-6.15

280-314

6.1-6.8

IV.

7.1-7.9.1

317-368

7.1-7.8

Updated September 6, 2011.

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