Title

Fitting the Geometric Distribution to Capture Frequency Data

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

The Journal of Wildlife Management

Publisher

Allen Press

Publication Date

1979

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

79

Last Page

84

Abstract

We computer simulated a mark-recapture experiment where the population size, N, is known and the recapture frequencies follow the geometric distribution. Two methods described by Edwards and Eberhardt (l967)-linear regression and maximum likelihood estimation (MLE)--were used with these hypothetical data to give estimates of N. The results were (1) regression gives biased estimates while MLE gives unbiased estimates; (2) both methods produce inaccurate confidence intervals for N.

Comments

Originally published by Allen Press. Publisher's PDF and article fulltext available through remote link via JSTOR.