Marine Biology

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 13–16 | Cite as

Appropriate use of regression analysis in marine biology

  • E. A. Laws
  • J. W. Archie


The Model I linear regression theory is often used in the analysis of data under conditions when the Model II theory is clearly needed. Implications derived from the use of the two theories can differ greatly when there is not a high degree of correlation between the X and Y variables. The geometric mean Model II method is easy to use, and is probably needed in the analysis of most field data, since the X variable in field data is rarely under the control of the investigator.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Laws
    • 1
  • J. W. Archie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oceanography and ZoologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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