Hierarchical models provide insight into wildlife and disease management
Wildlife diseases can alter host populations with cascading effects throughout ecosystems and human economies that rely on those wildlife. Pathological effects can be the ultimate cause of wildlife population decline through depressing host reproduction and survival. Otherwise, less virulent pathogens can harm host populations indirectly, through management actions imposed on wildlife populations harboring diseases that harm people or their livelihoods. Hierarchical Bayesian methods provide a framework for factoring highly dimensional problems into lower dimensional ones. These techniques decompose ...
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