Estimation of the size of an open population from capture-recapture data using weighted martingale methods.
RM Huggins, PS Yip
Biometrics | Published : 1999
A weighted martingale method, akin to a moving average, is proposed to allow the use of modified closed-population methods in the estimation of the size of a smoothly changing open population when there are frequent capture occasions. We concentrate here on modifications to martingale estimating functions for model Mt, but a wide range of closed-population estimators may be modified in this fashion. The method is motivated by and applied to weekly capture-recapture data from the Mai Po bird sanctuary in Hong Kong. Simulations show that the weighted martingale estimator compared well with the Jolly-Seber estimator when the conditions for the latter to be valid are met, and it performed far be..View full abstract