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Avoiding Pitfalls When Using Information-Theoretic Methods

David R. Anderson and Kenneth P. Burnham
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul., 2002), pp. 912-918
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3803155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3803155
Page Count: 7
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Avoiding Pitfalls When Using Information-Theoretic Methods
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Abstract

We offer suggestions to avoid misuse of information-theoretic methods in wildlife laboratory and field studies. Our suggestions relate to basic science issues and the need to ask deeper questions (4 problems are noted), errors in the way that analytical methods are used (7 problems), and outright mistakes seen commonly in the published literature (5 problems). We assume that readers are familiar with the information-theoretic approaches and provide several examples of misuse. Any method can be misused-our purpose here is to suggest constructive ways to avoid misuse.

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