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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Simple statistical methods for complex ecological dynamics Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
10 March 2011
Room 4003, Building 4 Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Social Statistics & Demography Division on +44 (0)23 8059 4547 or email .

Event details

CPC Seminar Series

Population dynamic time series in ecology tend to be short, noisy and to represent a huge amount of effort to collect. At the same time, the dynamic processes underlying the time series can be highly non-linear, and stochastically driven, making statistical inference about such processes difficult.

This talk will discuss a pragmatic approach to inference with non-linear process based models of ecological time series, in which approximate likelihoods are developed based on simulating useful statistics of the series, and these likelihoods are then explored by MCMC.

Reference: Wood SN (2010) Nature 466(26): 1102-1104.

Speaker information

Simon Wood ,University of Bath

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