Stat 534: Ecological Statistics, Fall 2015
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Optional readings (copies in readings folder):
Assigned Readings (copies in readings folder) :
- If you want a review of introductory probability theory, look at
Chapter 1 in Tuckwell, Elementary Applications of Probability Theory.
Sections 1.1 - 1.4 are the most relevant to us.
- If you want a review of likelihood methods, look at
Chapter 2: Using likelihood for estimation in Borchers, Buckland and Zucchini,
Estimating Animal Abundance.
- Or, for a more concise treatment, look at WNC, chapter 4, especially
sections 4.1 (distributions) and 4.2 (estimation) (these are not in the readings
WNC is Williams, Nichols and Conroy,
Analysis and Management of Animal Populations
AMM is Amstrup, McDonald and Manly, Handbook of
The Statistics Reading Room has a copy of WNC.
- Part 1, closed populations:
WNC Chapter 1, but skim (i.e. don't worry about details) 1.5 and 1.6
Chao and Huggins, Classical Closed-population Capture-Recapture
Models, Chapter 2 in AMM
Homework: (N.B. Homework are in pdf format, which require Acrobat to
Data sets and programs
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