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Hone, J. 2008. On bias, precision and accuracy in wildlife aerial surveys. Wildlife Research, 35: 253–257


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On bias, precision and accuracy in wildlife aerial surveys.

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Bias, precision and accuracy have been studied extensively in wildlife population estimation including aerial surveys. A review of the literature shows that the concepts of bias and precision are used broadly consistently. Aerial survey data from known populations of feral pig carcases and white-tailed deer show that few density estimates are unbiased and precise. Research is needed, however, to clarify how much bias and how much precision are enough for the various types of wildlife management activities. Accuracy is used in two closely related but different ways. One set of definitions of accuracy relates to deviations from the true value (bias) and the second set relates to squared deviations from the true value (bias and precision). The implications are that authors are encouraged to clearly state which definition of accuracy they use, or focus solely on bias and precision.

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