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A unified likelihood-based approach for estimating population size in continuous-time capture-recapture experiments with frailty

Liqun Xi, Paul SF Yip, Ray Watson

BIOMETRICS | WILEY | Published : 2007


A unified likelihood-based approach is proposed to estimate population size for a continuous-time closed capture-recapture experiment with frailty. The frailty model allows the capture intensity to vary with individual heterogeneity, time, and behavioral response. The individual heterogeneity effect is modeled as being gamma distributed. The first-capture and recapture intensities are assumed to be in constant proportion but may otherwise vary arbitrarily through time. The approach is also extended to capture-recapture experiments with possible random removals. Simulation studies are conducted to examine the performance of the proposed estimators. By asymptotic efficiency comparison and simu..

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