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Data Collection and Organization

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The Data Collection and Organization (DC&O) text module provides background on useful, general-purpose software tools. The aim is to discuss types of generic software that virtually every well-equipped scientist uses. This includes: spreadsheets, database programs, statistics packages, graphics programs, and word processors.

DC&O includes several examples of the use of these tools in biology. These include "An Embryological Example with Tips and Tricks" and the complete text and dataset of a classic evolutionary study published in 1899 by Hermon Bumpus ("The Elimination of the Unfit as Illustrated by the Introduced Sparrow, Passer domesticus"). The Bumpus data can be used to investigate problems in natural selection.