Adjusting for capture, recapture, and identity uncertainty when estimating detection probability from capture-recapture surveys
When applying capture-recapture analysis methods, estimates of detection probability, and hence abundance estimates, can be biased if individuals of a population are not correctly identified (Creel et. al., 2003). My research, motivated by the 2010 and 2011 surveys of Western Arctic bowhead whales conducted off the shores of Barrow, Alaska, offers two methods for addressing the complex scenario where an individual may be mistaken as another individual from that population, thus creating erroneous recaptures. The first method uses a likelihood weighted capture recapture method to account for ...
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