JAN LEPS and PETR SMILAUER. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK. 2003. Paperback, 280 pp., $42.00. ISBN 0-521-89108-6.

“The bread and butter of an ecologist's life” is what the authors call multidimensional data on community composition, populations, and the environment. Separate inspection of a variable's properties is not appropriate in most cases. Instead, multidimensionality needs to be taken into account. The book's goal is to provide guidelines for how this can be done using the statistical software package CANOCO.

The book is structured into a preface and ten chapters, followed by seven case studies with various applications of the...

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