Nested Anova - Use sums instead of mean?

#1
Dear all,

At the moment, I'm trying to do a 'Nested Anova'. I have several years (2004 to 2012) and four seasons. So a nested anova is called for correct?

I'm looking at carcass data. My dataset consists of the amount of carcasses found every 10 days. There are a lot of zero values, as I expect higher mortality (at the end) in certain seasons. Anova compares the means of each group, but I think that the 'mean found carcasses' is not really suitable (especially because of the many zero values). I would rather use the 'sum of carcasses' in each season for each year. However, that will result in one value for each subgroup.
As a back-up plan, are there any alternatives for nested anova?

I hope some could shed some light on this matter.
Many thanks in advance!

Kind regards,

Nick
 
#3
Thank you very much for your quick reply! I really appreciate it.

After your suggestion of the Poisson regression, I started to read more about it. The Poisson regression is more used for prediction models, correct?
I didn't mentioned it in my first post, but my goal is to see if there are any differences in mortality between the seasons or between the years. At first, I used an One-way Anova. However, my supervisor suggested a nested anova, because season is nested within year, and a one-way anova was not appropriate.

I am wondering now if the Poisson regression is also suitable for my seasons 'nested' in the years. Or is this not a problem any more?

Sorry for my doubts, but I'm just not certain yet about what to do.
 

Jake

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#4
The Poisson regression is more used for prediction models, correct?
Not really, no.

I am wondering now if the Poisson regression is also suitable for my seasons 'nested' in the years. Or is this not a problem any more?
Poisson regression can handle datasets with nested structure by including random effects. The textbook I linked to above should discuss this.