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Extinction models vary in the information they require, the simplest considering the rate of certain sightings only. More complicated methods include uncertain sightings and allow for variation in the reliability of uncertain sightings. Generally extinction models require expert opinion, either as a prior belief that a species is extinct, or to establish the quality of a sighting record, or both. Is this subjectivity necessary? We present two models to explore whether the individual quality of sightings, judged by experts, is strongly informative of the probability of extinction: the 'quality breakpoint method' and the 'quality as variance method'.
For the first method we use the Barbary lion as an exemplar. For the second method we use the Barbary lion, Alaotra Is actual dating extinct, Jamaican petrel and Pohnpei starling as exemplars. The 'quality breakpoint method' uses certain and uncertain sighting records, and the Is actual dating extinct of uncertain records, to establish whether a change point in the rate of sightings can be established using a simultaneous Bayesian optimisation with a non-informative prior.
For the Barbary lion, there is a change in subjective quality of sightings around Unexpectedly sighting quality increases after this date. This suggests that including quality scores from experts can lead to irregular effects and may not offer reliable. As an alternative, we use quality as a measure of variance around the sightings, not a change in quality. This le to predictions with larger standard deviations, however the remain consistent across any prior belief of extinction.
Nonetheless, replacing actual quality scores with random quality scores showed little difference, inferring that the quality scores from experts are superfluous. Therefore, we deem the expensive process of obtaining pooled expert estimates as unnecessary, and even when used we recommend that sighting data should have minimal input from experts in terms of assessing the sighting quality at a fine scale.
Rather, sightings should be classed as certain or uncertain, using a framework that is as independent of human bias as possible. David L. Roberts is an Academic Editor for PeerJ. Figure 1. Comparing before and after distributions for the pooled quality densities of each Barbary…. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable.
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Create a file for external citation management software Create file Cancel. of items displayed: 5 10 15 20 50 Create RSS Cancel. RSS Link Copy. Full text links Cite Display options Display options. Abstract Extinction models vary in the information they require, the simplest considering the rate of certain sightings only. Conflict of interest statement David L. Figures Figure 1. Comparing before and after distributions…. The first sighting is M. A one-sided t -test states that the before and after distributions first become ificantly different from each other in Figure 2.
For the Barbary lion data…. For the Barbary lion data set, the combined average of the sighting record…. Figure 3. for the Barbary lion…. Is actual dating extinct the Barbary lion from the method of Lee et al. The bars represent the standard deviation around the estimate and the black circles indicate when an uncertain sighting occurred.
Note changes to the standard Is actual dating extinct of estimates as well as the curve translocation. The light shaded region marks the predicted extinction year identified by the model in using the full datasetwhich is in in all cases. The dark shaded region marks the predicted extinction year identified when the likelihood first overwhelms the prior, i.
Figure 4. The probability of extinction for…. The probability of extinction for every year after the last certain sighting using…. Figure 5.
All models use a non-informative hyper-prior Is actual dating extinct extinction. The light shaded region marks the predicted extinction year identified by the model in using the full dataset. Alaotra grebe A—C : the likelihood first overwhelms the prior inwith a corresponding extinction year of A or B, C. With the full dataset, extinction is estimated to have occurred in in all three cases. Jamaican petrel D—F : the likelihood first overwhelms the expected value of the prior in with a corresponding extinction year ofbefore the last certain sighting.
With the full dataset, extinction is estimated to have occurred in Pohnpei starling G—I : the likelihood never overwhelms the prior meaning that there is not enough data. See this image and copyright information in PMC. Similar articles Assessing uncertainty in sighting records: an example of the Barbary lion. Lee TE, et al. Uncertain sightings and the extinction of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Solow A, et al. Conserv Biol. Epub Oct 3. PMID:Is actual dating extinct
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