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Now You've Mastered the Basics

Hopefully you've mastered the basics and have come to appreciate that although statistics (and its deciphering!) requires a bit of thought, it's not as difficult as it's made out to be. Although the basic statistics are essential, they don't give you the whole picture.

If your research has involved applying treatments, you may want to test for differences eg is the active ingredient pirimicarb more effective at controlling aphids than pymetrozine? Alternatively, if your research was concentrated on one treatment, you may want to test for relationships eg how does pH affect the growth rate of penicillin?

Before you consider what statistical test you should conduct, it's important to understand your data.
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