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PROPERTIES OF CROWDING INDICES AND STATISTICAL TOOLS TO ANALYZE PARASITE CROWDING DATA

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:J. Reiczigel, Lang, Z., Rózsa, L., Tóthmérész, B.
Journal:Journal of Parasitology
Volume:91
Issue:2
Pagination:245 - 252
ISSN:0022-3395
Abstract:

Crowding, i.e., the size of the infrapopulation inhabiting an individual host, is a major component of parasites’ environment, which often influences both morphological and life-history characters (the so-called density-dependent characters) in different parasite taxa. Although crowding equals intensity in case of a single parasite individual, mean intensity of the host population does not define mean crowding of the parasite population. Crowding indices are notoriously hard to handle statistically because of the inherently large number of nonindependent values in data. In this study, we aim to investigate the apparently paradox features of crowding indices and to make some proposals and also to introduce statistical methods to calculate confidence intervals and 1-sample and 2-sample tests for mean crowding. All methods described in this study are supported by the freely distributed statistical software Quantitative Parasitology.

URL:http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1645/GE-281R1
DOI:10.1645/GE-281R1
Short Title:Journal of Parasitology
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