I participated in a very interesting workshop organized by David Houle (Florida State University) and Christophe Pélabon (CBD) at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), Norwegian University Science and Technology in Trondheim. The workshop was dedicated to measurement theory. The aim of this theory is ensuring that inferences about measurements reflect the underlying reality we intend to represent. I was surprised how many mistakes we make during statistical analyses and data presentation. The examples of errors arising from violations of measurement principles, presented at the workshop, come from such area as ecology, medicine, epidemiology, genetics and evolutionary biology. For evolutionary biologist I recommend to read “Houle et al. 2011. Measurement and Meaning in Biology. The Quarterly Review of Biology 86: 3-34” to find out more about this subject.
Measurement practice in life sciences and medicine