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Application of growth functions in the prediction of live weight of domestic animals

Dragutin Vincek (), Gordana Kralik (), Goran Kušec (), Kristian Sabo () and Rudolf Scitovski ()

Central European Journal of Operations Research, 2012, vol. 20, issue 4, 719-733

Abstract: We consider several most frequently used growth functions with the aim of predicting live weight of domestic animals. Special attention is paid to the possibility of estimating well the saturation level of animal weight and defining life cycle phases based on animal weight. Parameters of the growth function are most often estimated on the basis of measurement data by applying the least squares (LS) principle. These nonlinear optimization problems very often refer to a numerically very demanding and unstable process. In practice, it is also possible that among the data there might appear several measurement errors or poor measurement samples. Such data might lead not only to unreliable, but very often to wrong conclusions. The least absolute deviations (LAD) principle can be successfully applied for the purpose of detecting and minorizing the effect of such data. On the other hand, by using known properties of LAD-approximation it is possible to significantly simplify the minimizing functional, by which parameters of the growth function are estimated. Implementation of two such possibilities is shown in terms of methodology. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

Keywords: Growth function; Animal weight growth; Life cycle phase; Saturation level; Least absolute deviations; LAD; Least squares; LS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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