Bayesian estimation of clutch size for scientific and management purposes

Y. Cohen

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Discusses how to characterize data on clutch sizes statistically, and how to integrate previously available information (prior information) with available data. The multinomial frequency distribution is useful in characterizing clutch size for birds. This frequency distribution provides for the derivation of the mean, variance and covariance for each clutch size from the data. The Bayesian approach to the estimation of the probability of finding various clutch sizes from a sample is used with 2 kinds of prior information: noninformative (where no assumptions are made about the distribution of clutch sizes), and expert opinion about the distribution of clutch sizes (specifically by using the Dirichlet probability density). -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-793
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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