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Biometry by R.R. Sokal & F.J. Rohlf




  • Robert R. Sokal 
  • F. James Rohlf


  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 3rd edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0716724111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.05 pounds


Excellent basic text of statistical methods, May 22, 2000

This book and BIOSTATISTICAL ANALYSIS by Jerrold Zar are my main "go to" books when I have questions about statistical methods, applications, or interpretation.

Zar’s book is probably the more understandable primer text on statistics of the two, but BIOMETRY is better at addressing non-parametrics, though it is certainly not a comprehensive treatment of that field of statistical analysis.

I typically go to Zar first, then to Sokal and Rohlf — a great one-two combination that takes care of most of my statistical needs.

I appreciate the inside covers of BIOMETRY, with its summary table that provides a starting place for choosing the most likely statistical tests for a give comination of numbers of samples and numbers of variables in an experiment.

You should be advised that the book BIOMETRY does not contain tables of critical values. You will need to purchase the book STATISTICAL TABLES by Rohlf and Sokal to get them.

All in all, an excellent book on statistical methods.

4.5 to 5 stars…I’ll give it 5 stars.

Alan Holyoak