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Non-independence through time (more commonly called serial correlation) can be a much larger problem. Analyses of differences in numbers of animals (numbers of species, whatever variable) are fraught with difficulties because the numbers in any given area tend to be correlated with future numbers. Even after trends due to Design and Analysis in Benthic Surveys 15 seasonal cycles or mortality through time have been identified in analyses, there is often a tendency for the data at one time to be related to those at the next time, or a few subsequent times of sampling.
5 Sampling urchins in an estuary with two types of sediments. In (a), n = 16 cores are taken at random over the whole area; some are in coarse, some are in ﬁner sediments. In (b), n = 4 cores are taken in the areas of coarse sediment and n = 12 in areas of ﬁner sediment. Stratiﬁcation substantially increases the precision of the estimate of mean number per core. 5a. 5. e. 5b. 6. This method is much more precise because it removes the variation among replicate cores that is due to the systematic differences between the two types of habitat.
They therefore also change the test of any hypothesis. It is essential that the relationships between the hypothesis being tested, the analytical procedures being used and the scale in which the data are analysed be clearly maintained if one is to interpret logically the results of any statistical tests in terms of ecological processes. 8 Data-checking and quality control Rigorous control of the quality of data is an essential requirement for any research project. This does not only mean collecting relevant, independent, representative data in the field or laboratory for appropriate tests of hypotheses of interest.