Scientific Journal of the BirdLife Hungary

A Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület tudományos folyóirata

Ornis Hungarica. vol.8 Suppl. 1.. (1998) p.33-40.

Application of multivariate statistical methods in bird habitat selection studies
Moskát Csaba

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The paper reviews the multivariate statistical methods frequently applied in bird ecology (Principal Component Analysis, Correspondence Analysis, Metric Multidimensional Scaling, Discriminant Analysis, Canonical Correspondence Analysis), and other techniques probably becoming popular in the future (e.g. Multivariate Plexus Analysis). The methods are discussed from the methodological viewpoint (e.g. a priori grouping of data, metric and non-metric procedures), and from the biological viewpoint (structure analysis of communities, analysis of habitat selection at the population level). Popular softwares, general problems, and critiques are also discussed.