Capture-Recapture models are useful in estimating unknown population sizes. A common modeling challenge for closed population models involves modeling unequal animal catchability in each capture period, referred to as animal heterogeneity. Inference about population size N is dependent on the assumed distribution of animal capture probabilities in the population, and that different models can fit a data set equally well but provide contradictory inferences about N. Three common Bayesian Capture-Recapture heterogeneity models are studied with simulated data to study the prevalence of contradictory inferences is in different population sizes with relatively low capture probabilities, specifically at different numbers of capture periods in the study.



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Gosky, R. M., & Sanqui, J. (2019). A simulation study on increasing capture periods in Bayesian closed population capture-recapture models with heterogeneity. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 18(1), eP2555. doi: 10.22237/jmasm/1556668920