Environmental and Ecological Statistics

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 79-87

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Efficient implementation of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, with application to the Cormack–Jolly–Seber model

  • William A. LinkAffiliated withUSGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Email author 
  • , Richard J. BarkerAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago

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Judicious choice of candidate generating distributions improves efficiency of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm. In Bayesian applications, it is sometimes possible to identify an approximation to the target posterior distribution; this approximate posterior distribution is a good choice for candidate generation. These observations are applied to analysis of the Cormack–Jolly–Seber model and its extensions.


Cormack–Jolly–Seber model Mark-recapture analysis Markov chain Monte Carlo Metropolis-Hastings algorithm