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Statistical power from the people

A global comparison of plant trait patterns calculated using citizen science observations versus those calculated using traditional scientific data reveals remarkable congruence between the two approaches.

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Fig. 1: The power of citizen science data comes from impressive sample sizes.


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Moles, A.T., Xirocostas, Z.A. Statistical power from the people. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 1802–1803 (2022).

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