Data for Chapter 8 — Fitting probability models to frequency data

Here are the data sets used in Chapter 8 of the 2nd edition of The Analysis of Biological Data in .csv (comma-separated) format. Most data sets used in the book are grabbed from graphs and tables in papers, and the values may not be exact.


Example 8.2. Days of birth
Ventura, S. J., J. A. Martin, S. C. Curtin, F. Menacker, and B. E. Hamilton. 2001. Births: final data for 1999. National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 49, No. 1.

Example 8.4. Gene content of chromosomes
Human Genome Project,

Example 8.4. Number of boys in two-child families
Rodgers, J. L., and D. Doughty. 2001. Chance Magazine Fall: 8–13.

Example 8.6. Mass extinctions
Raup, D. M., and J. J. Sepkoski, Jr. 1982. Science 215: 1501–1503.


Problem 08.01. Testing spatial computer program

Problem 8.2. Shad parasites
Shaw, D. J., B. T. Grenfell, and A. P. Dobson. 1998. Parasitology 117: 597-610.

Problem 08.03. Resistance to bacteria
Luijckx, P., H. Fienberg, D. Duneau, and D. Ebert. 2012. Heredity 108: 547–551.

Problem 8.04. World Cup

Problem 08.06. Coin flipping

Problem 08.12. Spirit bear genetics
Hedrick, P. W., and K. Ritland. 2012. Evolution 66: 305-313.

Problem 08.14. Bird window crashes
Klem, D., et al. 2004. Wilson Bulletin 116: 69–73.

Problem 8.15. Cavalry
Bortkiewicz, L. 1898. Das Gesetz der Kleinen Zahlen (Teubner, Leipzig), as cited in Larson, R. J., and M. L. Marx. 1981. An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and its Applications. Prentice-Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Problem 08.16. Hospital weekend or weekday
Bendavid, E., Y. Kaganova, J. Needleman, L. Gruenberg, and J. S. Weissman. 2007. Complication rates on weekends and weekdays in US hospitals. The American Journal of Medicine 120: 422-428.

Problem 8.17. Truffles
Waters, J. R., K. S. McKelvey, D. L. Luoam, and C. J. Zabel. 1997. Forest Ecology and Management 96: 155-166.

Problem 8.18. Anemonefish sexes
Fricke, H. W. 1979. Mating system, resource defence and sex change in the anemonefish Amphiprion akallopisos. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 50:313-326.

Problem 8.19. Hurricanes
Blake, E. S., E. N. Rappaport, J. D. Jarrell, and C. W. Landsea. 2005. NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS TPC-4.

Problem 08.21. Falling cats
Vnuk, D., et al. 2004. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery6:305-312.

Problem 08.24. Dodder growth orientation
Runyon, J. B., M. C. Mescher, and C. M. De Moraes. 2006. Science 313:1964-1967.

Problem 08.25. Dodder and α-pinene
Runyon, J. B., M. C. Mescher, and C. M. De Moraes. 2006. Science 313:1964-1967.