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Parameter redundancy in Jolly-Seber tag loss models

Cai, Wei, Yurchak, Stephanie, Cole, Diana J., Cowan, Laura (2021) Parameter redundancy in Jolly-Seber tag loss models. Ecology and Evolution, 11 . pp. 1131-1149. ISSN 2045-7758. (doi:10.1002/ece3.7035) (KAR id:83538)

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Capture–recapture experiments are conducted to estimate population parameters such as population size, survival rates, and capture rates. Typically, individuals are captured and given unique tags, then recaptured over several time periods with the assumption that these tags are not lost. However, for some populations, tag loss cannot be assumed negligible. The Jolly‐Seber tag loss model is used when the no‐tag‐loss assumption is invalid. Further, the model has been extended to incorporate group heterogeneity, which allows parameters to vary by group membership. Many mark–recapture models become overparameterized resulting in the inability to independently estimate parameters. This is known as parameter redundancy.

We investigate parameter redundancy using symbolic methods. Because of the complex structure of some tag loss models, the methods cannot always be applied directly. Instead, we develop a simple combination of parameters that can be used to investigate parameter redundancy in tag loss models.

The incorporation of tag loss and group heterogeneity into Jolly‐Seber models does not result in further parameter redundancies. Furthermore, using hybrid methods we studied the parameter redundancy caused by data through case studies and generated tag histories with different parameter values.

Smaller capture and survival rates are found to cause parameter redundancy in these models. These problems resolve when applied to large populations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ece3.7035
Uncontrolled keywords: capture–recapture, identifiability, Jolly‐Seber parameter, redundancy tag loss
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA276 Mathematical statistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Depositing User: Diana Cole
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 08:06 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 23:10 UTC
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