POPULATION SIMULATION VARIATIONS DUE TO DISTRIBUTION OF VARIABLES
Evaluations of the effects of three different distributions of randomly-selected winter calf mortality rates demonstrated that standard deviations of calculated numbers in moose population simulations were reduced as the distributions of randomly-selected mortality rates varied from flat to clustered. Population modelers should use appropriate distributions of randomly selected variables in stochastic models because the distribution affect the statistical distribution and precision of the results.
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