UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Analysis of brood sex ratios: implications of offspring clustering.


Krackow, S; Tkadlec, E (2001). Analysis of brood sex ratios: implications of offspring clustering. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50(4):293-301.

Abstract

Generalized linear models (GLMs) are increasinglyused in modern statistical analyses of sex ratio variation because they are able to determine variable design effects on binary response data. However, in applying
GLMs, authors frequently neglect the hierarchical structure of sex ratio data, thereby increasing the likelihood of committing ‘type I’ error. Here, we argue that whenever clustered (e.g., brood) sex ratios represent the desired level of statistical inference, the clustered data
structure ought to be taken into account to avoid invalid conclusions. Neglecting the between-cluster variation and the finite number of clusters in determining test statistics, as implied by using likelihood ratio-based χ2-statistics in conventional GLM, results in biased (usually overestimated) test statistics and pseudoreplication of the sample. Random variation in the sex ratio between clusters
(broods) can often be accommodated by scaling residual binomial (error) variance for overdispersion, and using F-tests instead of χ2-tests. More complex situations, however, require the use of generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs). By introducing higher-level
random effects in addition to the residual error term, GLMMs allow an estimation of fixed effect and interaction parameters while accounting for random effects at different levels of the data. GLMMs are first required in sex ratio analyses whenever there are covariates at the offspring level of the data, but inferences are to be drawn
at the brood level. Second, when interactions of effects at different levels of the data are to be estimated, random fluctuation of parameters can be taken into account only
in GLMMs. Data structures requiring the use of GLMMs to avoid erroneous inferences are often encountered in ecological sex ratio studies.

Generalized linear models (GLMs) are increasinglyused in modern statistical analyses of sex ratio variation because they are able to determine variable design effects on binary response data. However, in applying
GLMs, authors frequently neglect the hierarchical structure of sex ratio data, thereby increasing the likelihood of committing ‘type I’ error. Here, we argue that whenever clustered (e.g., brood) sex ratios represent the desired level of statistical inference, the clustered data
structure ought to be taken into account to avoid invalid conclusions. Neglecting the between-cluster variation and the finite number of clusters in determining test statistics, as implied by using likelihood ratio-based χ2-statistics in conventional GLM, results in biased (usually overestimated) test statistics and pseudoreplication of the sample. Random variation in the sex ratio between clusters
(broods) can often be accommodated by scaling residual binomial (error) variance for overdispersion, and using F-tests instead of χ2-tests. More complex situations, however, require the use of generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs). By introducing higher-level
random effects in addition to the residual error term, GLMMs allow an estimation of fixed effect and interaction parameters while accounting for random effects at different levels of the data. GLMMs are first required in sex ratio analyses whenever there are covariates at the offspring level of the data, but inferences are to be drawn
at the brood level. Second, when interactions of effects at different levels of the data are to be estimated, random fluctuation of parameters can be taken into account only
in GLMMs. Data structures requiring the use of GLMMs to avoid erroneous inferences are often encountered in ecological sex ratio studies.

Citations

126 citations in Web of Science®
125 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:14
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-5443
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s002650100366

Download

Full text not available from this repository.View at publisher

TrendTerms

TrendTerms displays relevant terms of the abstract of this publication and related documents on a map. The terms and their relations were extracted from ZORA using word statistics. Their timelines are taken from ZORA as well. The bubble size of a term is proportional to the number of documents where the term occurs. Red, orange, yellow and green colors are used for terms that occur in the current document; red indicates high interlinkedness of a term with other terms, orange, yellow and green decreasing interlinkedness. Blue is used for terms that have a relation with the terms in this document, but occur in other documents.
You can navigate and zoom the map. Mouse-hovering a term displays its timeline, clicking it yields the associated documents.

Author Collaborations