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Distributions and models

  1. Jan 29, 2007 #1
    I am not sure which distribution this is:
    there are N animals in a forest, we don't know N but would like to estimate it... so, I need to select a model (distribution)

    ps: i am trying to avoid Normal distribution....
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  3. Jan 30, 2007 #2


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    Are you permitted to capture and mark animals? If yes, using hypergeometric distbn. we can estimate N.
  4. Jan 30, 2007 #3
    doesn't say anything about marking, i think they just count it in an area over time, that's my assumption, but the problem does not say. So, perhaps Poisson?
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