Green mathematics: Benefits of including biological variation in your data analysis

Acta Agriculturae Slovenica. 2015;105(1):157-164 DOI 10.14720/aas.2015.105.1.16


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Journal Title: Acta Agriculturae Slovenica

ISSN: 1581-9175 (Print); 1854-1941 (Online)

Publisher: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty

Society/Institution: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture

Country of publisher: Slovenia

Language of fulltext: Slovenian, English

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L.M.M TIJSKENS (Horticulture and Product Physiology, Wageningen University, NL)

R.E. SCHOUTEN (Horticulture and Product Physiology, Wageningen University, NL)

T. UNUK (Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Maribor, SI)

Marjan SIMČIČ (Biotechnical Faculty, University Ljubljana, SI)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

<p>Biological variation is omnipresent in nature. It contains useful information that is neglected by the usually applied statistical procedures. To extract this information special procedures have to be applied. Biological variation is seen in properties (e.g. size, colour, firmness), but the underlying issue is almost always to the variation in development or maturity in a batch of individuals generated by small scale environmental differences. The principles of assessing biological variation in batches of individuals are explained without putting emphasis on mathematical details. Obtained explained parts increase from about 60 to 80 % for the usual approach to 95 when the biological variation is taken into account. When technical variation or measuring error is small even 99 % can be achieved. The benefit of the presented technology is highlighted based on a number of already published studies covering the colour of apples during growth and storage and the firmness of cut tomatoes during storage</p>