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Snail Mortality Data

Description

Groups of 20 snails were held for periods of 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks in carefully controlled conditions of temperature and relative humidity. There were two species of snail, A and B, and the experiment was designed as a 4 by 3 by 4 by 2 completely randomized design. At the end of the exposure time the snails were tested to see if they had survived; the process itself is fatal for the animals. The object of the exercise was to model the probability of survival in terms of the stimulus variables, and in particular to test for differences between species.

The data are unusual in that in most cases fatalities during the experiment were fairly small.

Usage

snails

Format

The data frame contains the following components:

Species

snail species A (1) or B (2).

Exposure

exposure in weeks.

Rel.Hum

relative humidity (4 levels).

Temp

temperature, in degrees Celsius (3 levels).

Deaths

number of deaths.

N

number of snails exposed.

Source

Zoology Department, The University of Adelaide.

References

Venables, W. N. and Ripley, B. D. (1999) Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS. Third Edition. Springer.


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