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Stochastics and Statistics Seminar Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon University

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Optimal nonparametric capture-recapture methods for estimating population size

Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon University
E18-304

Abstract: Estimation of population size using incomplete lists has a long history across many biological and social sciences. For example, human rights groups often construct partial lists of victims of armed conflicts, to estimate the total number of victims. Earlier statistical methods for this setup often use parametric assumptions, or rely on suboptimal plug-in-type nonparametric estimators;…

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