Hierarchical Bayesian models for population ecology
Models, by their definition, are abstractions of the systems they describe and require a delicate balance of inclusion of information with reduction. Hierarchical Bayesian models are well suited for ecological problems, because they facilitate the decomposition of highly complex ecological systems into lower dimensional elements. We can partition variability that arises from the ecological processes separately from variability that arises from sampling error, thereby rigorously accounting for uncertainty. In this way, we can better answer questions pertaining to the ecology of populations and ...
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