In response to our call for references to successful research using Stan, Matthieu Authier points us to this:

@article{

year={2014},

journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},

volume={23},

number={10},

doi={10.1007/s10531-014-0741-3},

title={How much are stranding records affected by variation in reporting rates? A case study of small delphinids in the Bay of Biscay},

url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-014-0741-3},

keywords={Monitoring; Marine mammal; Strandings},

author={Authier, Matthieu and Peltier, Hélène and Dorémus, Ghislain and Dabin, Willy and Van Canneyt, Olivier and Ridoux, Vincent},

pages={2591-2612},

}

Next stop, flying squirrels!

In next week’s Harper’s Findings:

Scientists concluded that the negative binomial distribution proved useful and interpretable for modelling small delphinid strandings.

As a distribution that has two parameters, the negative binomial may make some sense, but as a distribution where it’s the number of binomial events of type A until k events of type B occur… not so much.

The interpretation as a continuous mixture of poisson processes with rates from gamma distributions seems more likely to be the real reason this distribution shows up so frequently.

Fulltext: https://pdf.yt/d/hp_iyJCfIYyyxS2D / https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85192141/2014-authier.pdf / http://libgen.org/scimag7/10.1007/s10531-014-0741-3.pdf

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