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Instruction Manual. A Guide to Reef Check Monitoring

Hodgson, G., Hill, J., Kiene, W., Maun, L., Mihaly, J., Liebeler, J., Shuman, C. and Torres, R. 2006. Instruction Manual.  A Guide to Reef Check Monitoring . Reef Check Foundation, Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Reef Check provides excel spread sheets with built in macros for carrying out preliminary data analysis. Pages 31-36 of their manual have illustrated instructions for how to correctly complete the spreadsheets with explanations of the output data.

There is also a chapter discussing data analysis that explains how to interpret the results including the meanings of the standard error and the standard deviation.