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A closure test for time-specific capture-recapture data

Environmental and Ecological Statistics

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DOI: 10.1023/A:1009674322348

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Abstract

The assumption of demographic closure in the analysis of capture-recapture data under closed-population models is of fundamental importance. Yet, little progress has been made in the development of omnibus tests of the closure assumption. We present a closure test for time-specific data that, in principle, tests the null hypothesis of closed-population model M(t) against the open-population Jolly-Seber model as a specific alternative. This test is chi-square, and can be decomposed into informative components that can be interpreted to determine the nature of closure violations. The test is most sensitive to permanent emigration and least sensitive to temporary emigration, and is of intermediate sensitivity to permanent or temporary immigration. This test is a versatile tool for testing the assumption of demographic closure in the analysis of capture-recapture data.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A closure test for time-specific capture-recapture data
Series title:
Environmental and Ecological Statistics
DOI:
10.1023/A:1009674322348
Volume
6
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Environmental and Ecological Statistics
First page:
197
Last page:
209
Number of Pages:
13