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Analysis of a multiple-recapture census by computing conditional probabilities

Garthwaite, P. H. and Buckland, S. T. (1990). Analysis of a multiple-recapture census by computing conditional probabilities. Biometrics, 46(1) pp. 231–238.

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In a multiple-recapture census of a closed population using fixed sample sizes, the total number of different animals captured during the census is a sufficient statistic for the population sized. Conditional on the population size, the exact probability distribution of this sufficient statistic may be calculated and an algorithm for doing this is given. Standard techniques are applied to describe methods for using the conditional probabilities to form median and interval estimates of the population size. The methods are illustrated with examples.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1990 International Biometric Society
ISSN: 1541-0420
Keywords: capture-recapture; confidence intervals; Schnabel census
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
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Item ID: 17943
Depositing User: Sara Griffin
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 12:43
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 10:33
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