Why is there a difference between my R estimates and my Distance estimates?

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Ebony James

Nov 11, 2021, 1:49:20 AM11/11/21
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Hi everyone,

First time user of Distance here. First questions I have are related to standard CDS.

Through R, I would get density estimates of 1.65/ha of an arboreal species, but in distance, it seems be to lower, 1.43/ha.

Is this a processing difference that occurs through the Distance package in R or is this an entry issue?

Kind regards,


Nov 11, 2021, 2:50:05 AM11/11/21
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Hi Ebony,
This question has been asked several times (including me :) ) before and answered by Eric. The short answer is that the likelihood values change depending on which fitting engine is used. You can find the topic from the link below


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Eric Rexstad

Nov 11, 2021, 2:54:22 AM11/11/21
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Thanks Uğur.  That is true.  Ebony, please check that you have fitted the same model in both pieces of software and also check that the same data (and truncation distances) are used in the analysis.

If you are still in doubt, contact me off list and we could look more deeply into your situation.

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