Principles of Inferential Statistics Applied to Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology

  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
  • Patrícia Muniz de Medeiros
  • Alyson Luiz Santos de Almeida
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


A brief discussion about the role of inferential statistics in ethnobiological and ethnoecological research is presented in this chapter, as is an exposition of some simple and coherent tools for data analysis. We discuss some issues related to study design, as well as the p value, data transformation, and some simple statistical tools, such as mean comparisons, correlation and regression models, and tests for contingency tables among others.

Key words

Quantitative tools Study design Regression analysis Quantitative ethnobotany 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 1
  • Patrícia Muniz de Medeiros
    • 1
  • Alyson Luiz Santos de Almeida
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology, Department of BiologyFederal Rural University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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