, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 176–180

A generalized algorithm for determining category size

  • Kirk A. Moloney
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00377618

Cite this article as:
Moloney, K.A. Oecologia (1986) 69: 176. doi:10.1007/BF00377618


A revision and extension of Vandermeer's algorithm for choosing size categories from demographic data is presented along with an example of its use. The extension permits an exact consideration of sample populations which may have different underlying transition probabilities at different census periods and/or within different subpopulations. Once categories are chosen transition matrices may be computed to investigate the dynamics of the population.

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirk A. Moloney
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA