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This 2008 handbook offers an outline of statistical tools which are appropriate to a number of the lifestyles cycles of a regular environmental venture. The handbook explains uncomplicated statistical innovations and their software to environmental tasks. The guide can be utilized as a desk-top reference, because it presents step by step directions for carrying out a number of important and customary statistical checks for environmental information, yet isn't meant to exchange statistical texts or digital statistical software program. It doesn't current derivations of statistical formulation or a entire remedy of statistical suggestions, yet makes a speciality of the applying of opt for statistical equipment.

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Tests that require normal or log normal distributions are most commonly used. , plots) are presented in Appendix J. In addition, an overview of the evaluation of distribution assumptions is presented in Section III of Chapter 3. 2. , analyte concentrations reported as non-detects). However, as described in Appendix H, it may be * Appendix L. Appendices H and I. ‡ Appendices E, F, and J. § Appendix H. † 2-12 EM 1110-1-4014 31 Jan 08 possible to use the Poisson distribution * for highly censored data.

Site-specific background concentrations are typically not known prior to RI activities, and sampling for background should be scoped in the planning stages of the RI. In some instances, regional background values may be compared to site data. 1. Texas has established soil background levels that can be used in the screening process if site-specific background levels are not available. Soil data from one site proposed for redevelopment were compared to Texas background levels. Texas regulation states that if the maximum concentration of the chemical under investigation does not exceed the Texas soil background level, then that chemical is not of concern.

If this is the case, especially in the event the decision limit is exceeded, the wrong conclusion would be drawn. The ramification of an erroneous conclusion will vary, depending on the nature of the problem under investigation; nevertheless, this is an outcome that should be avoided or at least minimized. 4. Historically, environmental researchers have tended to screen analytical results into two categories—greater than the standard or less than the standard. Through advances in research and technology, three categories now exist against which analytical results can be compared: i) the reported value clearly exceeds the standard (when bias and variability are taken into account); ii) the reported value clearly does not exceed the standard; and iii) the result is inconclusive.

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