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Bayesian ModelsA Statistical Primer for Ecologists$
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N. Thompson Hobbs and Mevin B. Hooten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159287

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159287.001.0001

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Deterministic Models

Deterministic Models

(p.17) 2 Deterministic Models
Bayesian Models

N. Thompson Hobbs

Mevin B. Hooten

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about deterministic models as expressions of ecological hypotheses. These models are based on a deterministic equation or equations making predictions that can be compared with observations. The nature of the model ensures that there is no uncertainty in such predictions. Hence, the chapter first discusses the different ways that deterministic models have been used in ecology; identifying three main ones: theoretical, empirical, and simulation. It then outlines a few deterministic models widely used in ecology. Rather than attempting a comprehensive treatment of the subject, the chapter instead introduces a set of core functions that are widely used to represent ecological process across all subdisciplines.

Keywords:   deterministic models, ecological processes, ecological hypotheses, deterministic equations, theoretical style, empirical style, simulation approach

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