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Nonidentifiability of population size from capture-recapture data with heterogeneous detection probabilities

Biometrics

doi: 10.1111/j.0006-341X.2003.00129.x 6229_Link.pdf
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Abstract

Heterogeneity in detection probabilities has long been recognized as problematic in mark-recapture studies, and numerous models developed to accommodate its effects. Individual heterogeneity is especially problematic, in that reasonable alternative models may predict essentially identical observations from populations of substantially different sizes. Thus even with very large samples, the analyst will not be able to distinguish among reasonable models of heterogeneity, even though these yield quite distinct inferences about population size. The problem is illustrated with models for closed and open populations.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Nonidentifiability of population size from capture-recapture data with heterogeneous detection probabilities
Series title:
Biometrics
Volume
59
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
1123-1130
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Biometrics
First page:
1123
Last page:
1130