Re: Statistical techniques

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 21:45:41 -0700

barbara ware wrote:
> My professor has asked me to help her find some anthropological research
> papers which have used the following statistical techniques: Mann-Whitney
> U test, Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA, and Wilcoxon signed-ranked test.

Could replies to Barbara's question be posted to the list?

I am currently involved in a project at Cal Poly Pomona (California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona) that involves writing new software for
Anthropology Lab's computer's--the anthro software we have available is
awful. (No, we don't have money, but we have the computers that the
Business College doesn't want anymore. I'm not getting paid for writing
the software, either, but I have other motives.) The students often
ask about "real life" examples of statistics being used in anthropology.

Since we're on the subject, does anyone have any comments, suggestions,
gripes, or whatever about the anthro software that is available or that
you would like to see available? Do you have a "wish I could find ..."
list for software features?

My main interest lies in linguistics, and so currently the software
project is very heavy on the linguistics exercises, but somewhat light
on the physical, cultural, archaeological, medical, etc. I need to add
more exercises in these other fields. If anyone teaches a "Computers in
Anthropology" class or something similar, I would like to talk with you.

The software is being developed for Windows 95, but if it is successful,
I might do Windows 3.x, DOS, and Macintosh versions; Unix is a remote
possibility, but I hate working on VAX computers (like we have at Cal

Chuck Coker

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