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A simple simulation for teaching capture-recapture methods of population estimation

Calver, M.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-9082-2902, Porter, B.D. and Bradley, J.S. (1990) A simple simulation for teaching capture-recapture methods of population estimation. Journal of Biological Education, 24 (4). pp. 267-272.

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The assumptions of capture-recapture models for estimating population size are reviewed, as a basis for arguing that the importance of testing for violated assumptions should be taught as part of the basic techniques. A simple simulations using either a playing board, counters, and dice or computers is described which can be used for demonstrating the importance of assumptions in the elementary Lincoln Index or adapted to a range of other models. A full listing of the computer program is provided. with directions for adapting it to a range of different microcomputers. The simulation has been successfully applied at senior secondary and first year undergraduate levels, although elementary statistical understanding on the part of the students was required.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Institute of Biology
Copyright: © 1990 by the Institute of Biology
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