Introduction to Capture-Recapture Techniques
This course will introduce capture-recapture techniques and models, and highlight their importance in the application fields of medicine and public health, and the life and social sciences. Such methods aim to address questions such as:
Day 1 of the course introduces the classical Lincoln-Petersen Estimation technique for the situation of two information sources such as hospitals or laboratories, if the characteristic of interest is a disease. Typically, registers, or more generally lists, are available and these are combined to provide a population size estimate. Extensions to more than two sources, leading to log-linear modelling, will be explained. Practical problems will also be discussed, along with the advantages or more than two sources. Practical work will be based around the use of Stata. The CARE software will also be considered.
Day 2 of the courses introduces capture-recapture techniques in continuous time. Often recaptures arise not at fixed points in time but rather within a given time window. Typically, one source of information is used to repeatedly count the same individual, such as drug rehabilitation centres which record voluntary patient visits over time. Alternatively, when interest focuses on a criminal population, police data will allow the number of times an individual has been arrested to be counted. The course will explain how capture-recapture methodology can be applied in this context. In particular, a number of approaches which incorporate unobserved heterogeneity will be discussed. Practical work will make use of the SPADE software.
Who Should Attend?
The course is aimed at statisticians, biostatisticians, biometricians, epidemiologists, public health statisticians and social science researchers who have little or no knowledge of capture-recapture techniques.
How You Will Benefit
The course will develop your understanding of the huge potential of capture-recapture techniques.
What Do We Cover?
The course is divided into two one-day sessions.
The course has practical exercises written for: CARE, SPADE, Stata
Note: For practical work, participants must bring their own laptop with fully licensed versions of the software.
The practical exercises on Day 1 use mostly Stata, with CARE used at the appropriate stages. Day 2 exercises use SPADE.
Guest Lecturer: Day 2 of the course will be presented by Professor Dankmar Böhning of the School of Mathematics, University of Southampton.