Plant pathologists routinely undertake various

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Unformatted text preview: nt pathologists routinely undertake various activities in order to describe and predict (i) disease risks based on climatic variables or changes in host plant and/or pathogen populations, (ii) the impact of anthropogenic activities (farming practices such as cropping systems and management schemes) on the magnitude of diseases, and (iii) preference or perception of producers on new products and technologies for disease management. These activities entail collection of data on many variables. With the development of computers and automatic digital data recorders, the amount of data and number of variables are increasing dramatically. Plant pathologists working in areas such as epidemiology, pathogen ecology, pathogen population biology, and disease management are challenged in uncovering patterns in multivariable data. Statistical methods are available for analyzing data comprised of multiple variables (7,9,11,18), and encompass three major tools (Table 1): (i) ordination, which aims at describing data by identifying a reduced data dimension of a few variables that account for the greatest amount of variability in the data; (ii) discrimination, which aims at delineating experimental groups or classifying observations into experimental groups based on a set of variables; and (iii) canonical, which aims at describing and predicting the relationship between two sets of variables. Mul...
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