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Modelling for Field Biologists and Other Interesting People (Paperback)
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Modelling for Field Biologists and Other Interesting People (Paperback)

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Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 28/06/2007
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Students of evolutionary and behavioural ecology are often unfamiliar with mathematical techniques, though much of biology relies on mathematics. Evolutionary ideas are often complex, meaning that the logic of hypotheses proposed should not only be tested empirically but also mathematically. There are numerous different modelling tools used by ecologists, ranging from population genetic 'bookkeeping', to game theory and individual-based computer simulations. Due to the many different modelling options available, it is often difficult to know where to start. Hanna Kokko has designed this 2007 book to help with these decisions. Each method described is illustrated with one or two biologically interesting examples that have been chosen to help overcome fears of many biologists when faced with mathematical work, whilst also providing the programming code (Matlab) for each problem. Aimed primarily at students of evolutionary and behavioural ecology, this book will be of interest to any biologist interested in mathematical modelling.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521538565
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'I really enjoyed this book and I strongly recommend it to modellers and non-modellers alike. ... engaging and ... punctuated with interesting illustrations, anecdotes and other diversions. This book has challenged my own modelling philosophy and I have already learnt a lot from it.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
'Written in a truly friendly style...' Zentralblatt MATH
'... easy and entertaining reading ... Topics are presented in a way that painlessly informs the reader on the basic biology underlying the mathematical model being developed, and not too painfully describes how to construct and evaluate the model ... The writing style is informal and actually quite entertaining, thus rendering the mathematics much more palatable than they might otherwise be ... The informal but concise writing ... kept me interested, which is not necessarily easy to do for a book on mathematical modeling. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend that others take a look.' American Entomologist
"While this volume is a witty, well written, and wonderful introduction to game theory, optimization, simulations, and the distillation of complex problems into simple models, the reader should not be fooled." G.C. Stevens, Choice Magazine
"The informal but concise writing style kept me interested, which is not necessarily easy to do for a book on mathematical modeling. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend that others take a look." Norman Elliott, Entomological Society of America

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