A Handbook of Small Data Sets by David J. Hand, Fergus Daly, K. McConway, D. Lunn, E.

By David J. Hand, Fergus Daly, K. McConway, D. Lunn, E. Ostrowski

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1987) Multivariate analysis of ecological communities, London: Chapman and Hall, 150. These data describe the spatial association between tree species in Lansing W ood, Michigan, measured by the number of times that each species occurs as the nearest neighbour of each other species. This measure of association is not symmetric, and therefore cannot be analysed by methods like principal co-ordinates. Digby and Kempton suggest other approaches including biplots, correspondence analysis and a method due to Gower involving partitioning the matrix into symmetric and skewsymmetric parts.

The data were originally derived from the UK Family Expenditure Survey. They are averages for the years 1986 and 1987. These data can be used to illustrate basic correlation and regression; but there arepotential difficulties over influential points. 4 66. W. (1988) Determination of anaerobic threshold. Canadian Journal of Statistics, 16, 307-310. These data were collected in an experiment in kinesiology. A subject performed a standard exercise task at a gradually increasing Ievel. The two variables are the oxygen uptake and the expired ventilation, which is related to the rate of exchange of gases in the lungs.

18 24. SNORING AND HEART DISEASE 23. R. J. H. Freeman, 368. These data come from Canadian records of pure-bred dairy cattle. : 5 years old) and 10 twoyear-o1d cows from each of five breeds. The data can be subjected to analysis of variance to investigate questions about the effects of maturity and breed on butterfat. 72 24. G. V. (1985) Snoring as a risk factor for disease: an epidemio1ogical survey, British Medical Journal, 291, 630-632. The data come from a report of a survey which investigated whether snoring was related to various diseases.

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