Interval estimation for mark-recapture studies of closed populations

Biometrics. 1992 Jun;48(2):567-76.


Textbooks continue to recommend the use of an asymptotic normal distribution to provide an interval estimate for the unknown size, N, of a closed population studied by a mark-recapture experiment or multiple-record system. A likelihood interval approach is proposed and its implementation demonstrated for a range of models for such studies, including all main effect and interaction models for incomplete contingency tables.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Child
  • Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Massachusetts
  • Mathematics
  • Models, Statistical
  • Poisson Distribution
  • Population Density*
  • Probability*