Dependence-Robust Confidence Intervals for Capture–Recapture Surveys

Last updated on 14-12-2022 by Els Plettinckx

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Capture–recapture (CRC) surveys are used to estimate the size of a population whose members cannot be enumerated directly. CRC surveys have been used to estimate the number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, people who use drugs, sex workers, conflict casualties, and trafficking victims. When k-capture samples are obtained, counts of unit captures in subsets of samples are represented naturally by a 2k2k contingency table in which one element—the number of individuals appearing in none of the samples—remains unobserved. In the absence of additional assumptions…

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