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Analysis paralysis

Block, Bill. 2012. Analysis paralysis. Journal of Wildlife Management. 76(5): 875-876.

doi: 10.1002/jwmg.408

I have been Editor-in-Chief for about 10 months now. Over that period of time, I have processed hundreds of manuscripts and considered hundreds of reviews. In doing so, I have noticed an emphasis on analysis at the expense of a better understanding of the ecological system under study. I mention this not to belittle statistical advances made within various disciplines of wildlife science. In truth, I admire and appreciate our role as leaders in developing new and rigorous approaches for data analysis. But in doing so, have we compromised our roles as biologists and managers? I do not pretend to know the answer, but the question continues to nag at me.

Keywords: Journal of Wildlife Management, manuscripts, analysis, ecological system

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Analysis paralysis
Electronic Publish Date: October 23, 2013
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