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    Deer Population

    At a local national park,42 deers were spotted and tagged one day. One week later, 41 were spotted and of those 5 had been tagged the week before. Predict deer population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    At a local national park,42 deers were spotted and tagged one day. One week later, 41 were spotted and of those 5 had been tagged the week before. Predict deer population.
    The maximum likelihood estimate boils down to equating the proportions of tagged deer. Let x be the size of the population. Then:

    \frac{42}{x} = \frac{5}{41}.

    Solve for x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    The maximum likelihood estimate boils down to equating the proportions of tagged deer. Let x be the size of the population. Then:

    \frac{42}{x} = \frac{5}{41}.

    Solve for x.
    I had no idea that this could be solved by setting up a proportion.
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