Maximum likelihood estimation for Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMM), an important class of statistical models with substantial applications in epidemiology, medical statistics, and many other fields, poses significant computational difficulties. In this article, we use data cloning, a simple computational method that exploits advances in Bayesian… (More)
Nontraditional or geometric morphometric methods have found wide application in the biological sciences, especially in anthropology, a field with a strong history of measurement of biological form. Controversy has arisen over which method is the "best" for quantifying the morphological difference between forms and for making proper statistical statements… (More)
1. Compared to traditional radio-collars, global positioning system (GPS) collars provide finer spatial resolution and collect locations across a broader range of spatial and temporal conditions. However, data from GPS collars are biased because vegetation and terrain interfere with the satellite signals necessary to acquire a location. Analyses of habitat… (More)
It is unquestionably true that hierarchical models represent an order of magnitude increase in the scope and complexity of models for ecological data. The past decade has seen a tremendous expansion of applications of hierarchical models in ecology. The expansion was primarily due to the advent of the Bayesian computational methods. We congratulate the… (More)
2 (1) Models accounting for imperfect detection are important. Single-visit methods have been proposed as an alternative to multiple-visits methods to relax the assumption of closed population. Knape and Korner-Nievergelt (2015) showed that under certain models of probability of detection single-visit methods are statistically non-identifiable leading to… (More)
Computational convenience has led to widespread use of Bayesian inference with vague or flat priors to analyze state-space models in ecology. Vague priors are claimed to be objective and to let the data speak. Neither of these claims is valid. Statisticians have criticized the use of vague priors from philosophical to computational to pragmatic reasons.… (More)
Suggests dclone, pbapply Description The package implements models to analyze site occupancy and count data models with detection error. Development was funded by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.