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A case study of green tree frog population size estimation by repeated capture-mark-recapture method with individual tagging: A parametric bootstrap method vs. Jolly-Seber method

May 4, 2011

This paper deals with estimation of a green tree frog population in an urban setting using repeated capture–mark–recapture (CMR) method over several weeks with an individual tagging system which gives rise to a complicated generalization of the hypergeometric distribution. Based on the maximum likelihood estimation, a parametric bootstrap approach is adopted to obtain interval estimates of the weekly population size which is the main objective of our work. The method is computation-based; and programming intensive to implement the algorithm for re-sampling. This method can be applied to estimate the population size of any species based on repeated CMR method at multiple time points. Further, it has been pointed out that the well-known Jolly–Seber method, which is based on some strong assumptions, produces either unrealistic estimates, or may have situations where its assumptions are not valid for our observed data set.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title A case study of green tree frog population size estimation by repeated capture-mark-recapture method with individual tagging: A parametric bootstrap method vs. Jolly-Seber method
DOI 10.1080/00949655.2010.507764
Authors Xing Yang, Nabendu Pal, Azmy S. Ackleh, Jacoby Carter
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation
Series Number
Index ID 70005818
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wetlands Research Center