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Dolphins Who’s Who: A Statistical Perspective

  • Teresa Barata
  • Steve P. Brooks
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3540)

Abstract

When studying animal behaviour and ecology the recognition of individuals is very important and in the case of bottlenose dolphins this can be done via photo-identification of their dorsal fins. Here we develop a mathematical model that describes this fin shape which is then fitted to the data by a Bayesian approach implemented using MCMC methods. This project is still at a testing stage and we are currently working with simulated data. Future work includes: extracting the outline of the fin shape from the pictures; fitting the model to real data; and devising a way of using the model to discriminate between individuals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Barata
    • 1
  • Steve P. Brooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Statistical LaboratoryCentre for Mathematical SciencesCambridgeUK

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