Weevil data story
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This example comes from a survey of sitona weevils on alfalfa stands
of varying ages. The survey covered six farmers' properties, with varying
numbers of stands per farm. The numbers of sitona weevil larvae per square
metre are given for each stand in the data set.
(Sitona weevil larval numbers per m2 with age of alfalfa stand
for each farm. Data by courtesy of Dr Steve Goldson, MAFTech, Lincoln,
The survey objective was to confirm a previously observed phenomenon,
that weevil populations decline as the alfalfa stand gets older. In the data set this trend occurs within five out of the six farms. However, a simple
regression model is inadequate to model the data since there
are differences in larval numbers between the farms, presumably due to
differences in management or other characteristics. This suggests parallel
lines are required, one per farm.
Data file: weevils data
Source: D.J. Saville, G. R. Wood: Statistical Methods: The Geometric Approach. Ch. 17. New York:Springer 1991.