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Activity Number: 306
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #304629
Title: Interesting Examples of the Capture-Recapture Sampling Method from Biology, Public Health, and Epidemiology
Author(s): Harry Norton*+ and George W Divine
Companies: Carolinas Medical Center and Henry Ford Hospital
Address: 5500 Lansing Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28270, United States
Keywords: Statistical Education ; Capture-Recapture ; Biology ; Epidemiology

Examples of capture-recapture sampling can be used in teaching courses in biology, public health, epidemiology or statistics. The mathematical sophistication in the examples cited ranges from proportions and algebra for junior-high or high school students, to advanced log-linear models for graduate students. The mathematical assumptions of capture-recapture are much easier for a young student to understand than those of most statistical models. A brief history of the capture-recapture method will be presented. Capture-recapture methods were first used to estimate the populations of London, England and France, and subsequently for populations of fish and water-fowl. More recently, capture-recapture methods have been used in public health and epidemiology. Today we will show how to demonstrate the concept in a straightforward and simple way. We will discuss published studies from the fields of public health and epidemiology where the capture-recapture method has been used to estimate population sizes.

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