Mark-Recapture Distance Sampling (MRDS) Trial Configuration - PI


Mark-Recapture Distance Sampling (MRDS) Analysis of Trial Observer Configuration and Point Independence


## S3 method for class 'trial'
ddf(dsmodel, mrmodel, data, = list(),
  control = list(), call = "")



distance sampling model specification; model list with key function and scale formula if any


mark-recapture model specfication; model list with formula and link


analysis data.frame

list containing settings controlling data structure


list containing settings controlling model fitting


original function call used to call ddf


MRDS analysis based on point independence involves two separate and independent analyses of the mark-recapture data and the distance sampling data. For the trial configuration, the mark-recapture data are analysed with a call to (see likelihood eq 6.12 and 6.17 in Laake and Borchers 2004) to fit a conditional distance sampling detection function for observer 1 based on trials (observations) from observer 2 to estimate p_1(0), detection probability at distance zero for observer 1. Independently, the distance data from observer 1 are used to fit a conventional distance sampling (CDS) (likelihood eq 6.6) or multi-covariate distance sampling (MCDS) (likelihood eq 6.14) model for the detection function, g(y), such that g(0)=1. The detection function for observer 1 is then created as p_1(y)=p_1(0)*g(y) (eq 6.28 of Laake and Borchers 2004) from which predictions are made. ddf.trial is not called directly by the user and is called from ddf with method="trial".

For a complete description of each of the calling arguments, see ddf. The argument dataname is the name of the dataframe specified by the argument data in ddf. The arguments dsmodel, mrmodel, control and are defined the same as in ddf.


result: a trial model object which is composed of and ds model objects


Jeff Laake


Laake, J.L. and D.L. Borchers. 2004. Methods for incomplete detection at distance zero. In: Advanced Distance Sampling, eds. S.T. Buckland, D.R.Anderson, K.P. Burnham, J.L. Laake, D.L. Borchers, and L. Thomas. Oxford University Press.

See Also, ddf.ds, summary.trial, coef.trial, plot.trial, gof.trial

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