Extreme Math & Science Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Extreme Math & Science Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Today in Extreme Math and Science, students estimated unknown sample size by using the Lincoln Petersen method of population estimates using capture-mark-recapture methods. The students estimated populations and statistically compared them to figure out how accurate their estimations were.

Ask your student: What is the Lincoln-Peterson method? (It estimates of population size are based on a simple ratio and depend on the assumption that the population is closed to emigration, immigration, births or mortality during the sampling period)