Zorina A. Methods of statistical analysis of fluctuating asymmetry // Principy èkologii. 2012. Vol. 1. № 3. P. 24‒47. DOI: 10.15393/j1.art.2012.1461

Issue № 3

Analytical review


Methods of statistical analysis of fluctuating asymmetry

KY NA RK, zor-nastya@yandex.ru
fluctuating asymmetry
indicators and integrated indexes
statistical properties
normal variability
sensitivity and operability of indicators
Summary: Methodical problems concerning the practical use of fluctuating asymmetry level of bio-objects are considered. The questions connected with the variety of value asymmetry calculation methods and the use of asymmetry indicators efficiency and integrated indexes are discussed in detail. Discrepancy of research results when using several estimates of asymmetry is connected with their statistical properties and peculiarity of their normal variability which define sensitivity and operability of indicators. Concrete examples illustrating the negative influence of arithmetic transformations on the revealing properties of indicators are given: disturbance of normal distribution and the need of using rough nonparametric criteria , the increase of the importance of rare casual deviations, the introduction of additional variability components into an asymmetry level. Problems which arise in calculating asymmetry integrated indexes when signs unite with different levels of statistical parameters are separately considered. It is recommended to use the indicator of fluctuating asymmetry based on normalized deviation.

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Reviewer: D. Gelashvili
Received on: 18 October 2012
Published on: 16 November 2012

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