A probabilistic analysis reveals fundamental limitations with the environmental impact quotient and similar systems for rating pesticide risks

@inproceedings{Peterson2014APA,
  title={A probabilistic analysis reveals fundamental limitations with the environmental impact quotient and similar systems for rating pesticide risks},
  author={Robert K. D. Peterson and Jerome J. Schleier},
  booktitle={PeerJ},
  year={2014}
}
Comparing risks among pesticides has substantial utility for decision makers. However, if rating schemes to compare risks are to be used, they must be conceptually and mathematically sound. We address limitations with pesticide risk rating schemes by examining in particular the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) using, for the first time, a probabilistic analytic technique. To demonstrate the consequences of mapping discrete risk ratings to probabilities, adjusted EIQs were calculated for a… CONTINUE READING
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