Recapturing Laplace

  • Author: Jaume Amorós
  • Published: Jul 16, 2014 - From issue: Volume 11 Issue 3 (July 2014)
  • Doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2014.00754.x

Capture–recapture is a technique used to estimate anything from populations of whales to the number of patients with diabetes. Laplace used a similar logic, in 1783, to estimate the population of France. Jaume Amorós explains how it is done.

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