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Capture-Recapture Estimation Via Gibbs Sampling

Edward I. George and Christian P. Robert
Biometrika
Vol. 79, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 677-683
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Biometrika Trust
DOI: 10.2307/2337223
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2337223
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Capture-Recapture Estimation Via Gibbs Sampling
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Abstract

Capture-recapture models are widely used in the estimation of population sizes. Based on data augmentation considerations, we show how Gibbs sampling can be applied to calculate Bayes estimates in this setting. As a result, formulations which were previously avoided because of analytical and numerical intractability can now be easily considered for practical application. We illustrate this potential by using Gibbs sampling to calculate Bayes estimates for a hierarchical capture-recapture model in a real example.

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