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Donovan, T. M. and J. Hines. 2007. Exercises in Occupancy Estimation and Modeling.

Chapter 3. Single-Species, Single-Season Occupancy Models Introduction

This exercise explains the single-season occupancy model in detail. The basic premise is that multiple sites are surveyed multiple times, with field observers recording whether a target species of interest is detected on the survey (1) or not (0). The model allows estimation of two key parameters: probability of occupancy and probability of detecting the target species, given it is present on a site. This model is FUNDAMENTAL to the remaining exercises, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to understand it completely.

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