Estimation of Mortality Rates in Stage-Structured Population

  • Simon N. Wood
  • Roger M. Nisbet

Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-viii
  2. Simon N. Wood, Roger M. Nisbet
    Pages 1-8
  3. Simon N. Wood, Roger M. Nisbet
    Pages 23-39
  4. Simon N. Wood, Roger M. Nisbet
    Pages 40-53
  5. Simon N. Wood, Roger M. Nisbet
    Pages 54-76
  6. S. J. Hay
    Pages 77-91
  7. Simon N. Wood, Roger M. Nisbet
    Pages 92-95
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 96-105

About this book


The stated aims of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics allow for work that is "unfinished or tentative". This volume is offered in that spirit. The problem addressed is one of the classics of statistical ecology, the estimation of mortality rates from stage-frequency data, but in tackling it we found ourselves making use of ideas and techniques very different from those we expected to use, and in which we had no previous experience. Specifically we drifted towards consideration of some rather specific curve and surface fitting and smoothing techniques. We think we have made some progress (otherwise why publish?), but are acutely aware of the conceptual and statistical clumsiness of parts of the work. Readers with sufficient expertise to be offended should regard the monograph as a challenge to do better. The central theme in this book is a somewhat complex algorithm for mortality estimation (detailed at the end of Chapter 4). Because of its complexity, the job of implementing the method is intimidating. Any reader interested in using the methods may obtain copies of our code as follows: Intelligible Structured Code 1. Hutchinson and deHoog's algorithm for fitting smoothing splines by cross validation 2. Cubic covariant area-approximating splines 3. Cubic interpolating splines 4. Cubic area matching splines 5. Hyman's algorithm for monotonic interpolation based on cubic splines. Prototype User-Hostile Code 6. Positive constrained interpolation 7. Positive constrained area matching 8. The "full method" from chapter 4 9. The "simpler" method from chapter 4.


Age structured Altersstruktur Histospline Mortality Estimation Zooplankton mortality

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon N. Wood
    • 1
  • Roger M. Nisbet
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Population BiologyAscot BerksUK
  2. 2.Department of Statistics and Modelling ScienceUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-53979-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-49979-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0341-633X
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