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Flexible behavioral capture–recapture modeling

Danilo Alunni Fegatelli and Luca Tardella

Biometrics, 2016, vol. 72, issue 1, 125-135

Abstract: type="main" xml:lang="en"> We develop alternative strategies for building and fitting parametric capture–recapture models for closed populations which can be used to address a better understanding of behavioral patterns. In the perspective of transition models, we first rely on a conditional probability parameterization. A large subset of standard capture–recapture models can be regarded as a suitable partitioning in equivalence classes of the full set of conditional probability parameters. We exploit a regression approach combined with the use of new suitable summaries of the conditioning binary partial capture histories as a device for enlarging the scope of behavioral models and also exploring the range of all possible partitions. We show how one can easily find unconditional MLE of such models within a generalized linear model framework. We illustrate the potential of our approach with the analysis of some known datasets and a simulation study.

Date: 2016
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