Why? and Why (Citizen Science)?

I have been doing non-parametric analysis of relationships between bacteria and came up with statistically very significant relationships. Unfortunately (and as expected) not simple straight line ones always.

The result is that there are now two Why? pages available.

  • Why? – based on reported in the literature
  • Why? Citizen Science – generated by my analysis of relationships
On Your Select Sample Page

How do they compare?

I thought that doing a few charts each way may be informative

Conventional Studies
Citizen Science


For this one, conventional science only reports what inhibits/fights with it. Citizen Science show bacteria that cooperate with it also. In some cases, we have opposite reports: Faecalibacterium slows Bifidobacteria in one case, and plays with it in the other case!

Conventional Studies
Citizen Science

Going over to the new heatmap feature, we see a weak relationship, but the two tend to increase together and both are happiest when they are both high

Note the numbers in each column and each row add up to approximately the same value (205-207). If things were random, we would get almost the same number in each cell.

Bottom Line

I find the citizen science version cleaner. Convention studies can report A inhibits B with B having no impact on A (often because no study was done). With citizen science we deem it to always be two way… they increase/decrease together (plays well) or increases when the other decreases (fights with).

I will leave it up to readers to explore more on the site.

Below is a video with some more explanation of the process used with citizen science.