Capture-recapture methods and models: Estimating population size

Ruth King, R S McCrea

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This book chapter describes ecological capture-recapture studies and associated
models often fitted to capture-recapture data to obtain estimates of total population size. Such estimates can be important for numerous reasons, including for example, conservation and management purposes. We focus on
different forms of heterogeneity that may affect the propensity of individuals
to be observed within the study period. Failing to account for such heterogeneity
can lead to significant bias in the population estimates. We focus on different types of heterogeneity corresponding to recorded (discrete-valued) covariates/characteristics of individuals that are observed within the study
period; in addition to unobserved heterogeneity in the form of mixture distributions. The different models are motivated and discussed, including the
specification of the likelihood functions, before being applied to a real dataset.
Finally we conclude with a discussion including the modern challenges which
are arising due to technological advances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Statistics
ISBN (Print)978-0-444-64152-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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