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Environmental and Ecological Statistics

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 689–696 | Cite as

On estimating Hooded crow density from line transect data through exponential mixture models

  • Mauro Giammarino
  • Piero QuattoEmail author
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Abstract

Line transect sampling is a distance sampling method widely used for estimating wildlife population density. Since the usual approach assumes a model for the detection function, the estimate depends on the shape of such a function. In particular, the estimate is influenced by the so-called shoulder condition, which ensures that detection is nearly certain at small distances from the line transect. For instance, the half-normal model satisfies this condition, whereas the negative exponential model does not. The aim of this paper is to propose the exponential mixture model of the half-normal and the negative exponential in order to estimate the population density in the case where the shoulder condition is not guaranteed. Such a case study on Hooded crow is described in the paper.

Keywords

Exponential families Hooded crow Line transect sampling Population density estimation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Milano - BicoccaMilanItaly

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