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Goodness-of-Fit Tests for Open Capture-Recapture Models

Kenneth H. Pollock, James E. Hines and James D. Nichols
Biometrics
Vol. 41, No. 2 (Jun., 1985), pp. 399-410
DOI: 10.2307/2530865
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2530865
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Goodness-of-Fit Tests for Open Capture-Recapture Models
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Abstract

General goodness-of-fit tests for the Jolly-Seber model are proposed. These tests are based on conditional arguments using minimal sufficient statistics. The tests are shown to be of simple hypergeometric form so that a series of independent contingency table chi-square tests can be performed. The relationship of these tests to other proposed tests is discussed. This is followed by a simulation study of the power of the tests to detect departures from the assumptions of the Jolly-Seber model. Some meadow vole capture-recapture data are used to illustrate the testing procedure which has been implemented in a computer program available from the authors.

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