Ron Sandland recently wrote about the new phenomenon of 'big data' - weighing up the benefits and concerns. Terry Speed reflected on the same issue in a talk earlier this year inGothenburg, Sweeden noting that this is nothing new to statisticians. So what's all the fuss about? Here's another take on the 'big data' bandwagon.
A commentary on the role of statistical science in ecotoxicology.
Appearing in the Learned Discourse section of the forthcoming issue of the journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management- "Statistics and Ecotoxicology: Shotgun Marriage or Enduring Partnership?" by David R. Fox (click here for journal link).
Fox calls for the creation of a scientific discipline devoted to statistical issues in ecotoxicology along the same lines as Biometrics (statistics and biology); Chemometrics (statistics and chemistry); Environmetrics (statistics and the environment).
He cites problems with ecotixicological assessments underpinning massive capital investments in de-salination plants as a prime example of the need for more statistical rigour in ecotoxicology.