Answering Two Biological Questions with a Latent Class Model via MCMC Applied to Capture-Recapture Data

  • F. Bartolucci
  • A. Mira
  • L. Scaccia


A well-known method for estimating the size, N, of a certain population is the capture-recapture method (for a review see Yip et al., 1995a and Schwarz and Seber, 1999). The first motivations to the development of these methods arose in biology where researchers were interested in estimating the number of animals of a certain species (see, for instance, Schnabel, 1938, and Darroch, 1958). Subsequently, this methodology was also applied in medical and social contexts where it is important to estimate the number of subjects with a certain disease or in a particular situation (Yip et al., 1995b).


Posterior Distribution Markov Chain Monte Carlo Latent Class Credibility Interval Latent Class Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bartolucci
    • 1
  • A. Mira
    • 2
  • L. Scaccia
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze EconomicheUniversity of UrbinoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di EconomiaUniversity of InsubriaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze StatisticheUniversity of PerugiaItaly

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