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Forty Years of Water Quality Statistics: What's Changed, What Hasn't?
A re-broadcast. June 18, 2019 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern.
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The incentive for my forty years of mentoring/cajoling others to use good statistical methods is that advances in statistics have taken decades to reach the environmental science community. We don't read the necessary literature. Our training is often outdated. What we don't know does hurt us – it constrains our ability to see and quantify the important effects that are the objectives of our studies. Yet courses in modern statistical methods are still often not part of the curriculum in undergraduate geology, biology, chemistry or engineering majors. For example, many applied scientists are unaware of the immense benefits of computer-intensive methods (bootstrapping, permutation tests) over their traditional counterparts (t-intervals, t-tests, ANOVA and other parametric methods). Surveying the use of statistics in water quality over the last forty years (and I may have read one of your publications along the way), I discuss what advances have been made, what common errors are still being made, and where the field of applied statistics is heading into the future.

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1. Intro to Nondetects and Data Analysis
An introduction to data analysis for variables with nondetects.
Free. 50 mins.
Materials from the webinar (including slides and info) can also be downloaded as a zip file:
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2. Fitting Distributions to Data with Nondetects
Making the most of small datasets with nondetects.
Free. 50 mins.
Recorded 2/19/2019. Q&A file and pdf of slides also available for download on our
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3. Testing Groups of Data With Multiple DLs
“ANOVA-type” tests and multiple comparison tests with nondetects.
Free. 55 mins.
Recorded 3/19/2019. Q&A file and pdf of slides also available for download on our
Downloads page.

4. The Mystery of Nondetects: How Censored Data Methods Work
Free. 60 mins.
Recorded 5/21/2019 Q&A file and pdf of slides also available for download on our Downloads page.

5. Seven Perilous Errors in Environmental Statistics
Seven common errors to avoid!
Free. About 1 hour.

Seven common errors in statistical analysis by environmental scientists all stem from an outdated understanding of statistics. I'll define the seven 'perilous errors' and how each can be avoided. They revolve around old ideas about hypothesis tests, p-values, using logarithms of data, evaluating what is a good regression equation, evaluating outliers and dealing with nondetects. Understanding why each error is perilous can save the scientist from publishing incorrect statements, using inefficient analysis methods, and wasting scarce financial resources. These errors have persisted through the years -- break the cycle and step into the 21st Century.

6. Intro to R
Break down the barrier of how to get started using R!
Free. About 1 hour.

R is one of the most widely used statistics software packages in the world. Its versatility as a programming language and its interconnectivity with email, web page generation and other computer processes make it a bit daunting for people just starting to use it for data analysis. It need not be that way. This webinar introduces you to R software and its use for data analysis. You'll learn how to type commands, install and load packages, and use the pull-down menus of R Commander (Rcmdr) to compute confidence intervals and a test for whether the mean exceeds a numerical standard.

7. Statistics For Managers
What your employees need to know to stay current with statistical methods today
Free. About 1 hour.

People requested this 2015 webinar be made available for listening. And here it is!
1. Permutation Tests -- what they are and why they are important.
2. Free Software for Environmental Statistics
3. Better Methods for Handling Nondetects
4. Analysis of "real-time", frequently collected data

8. Forty Years of Water Quality Statistics: What's Changed, What Hasn't?
Free. 60 mins.
Some folks are still using methods from the era of black rotary-dial phones. You've upgraded your phone. How about updating your statistical methods?
Materials from the webinar (including slides and info) can be downloaded on the webinar site.

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