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Time Series, Ecological

Ecological Statistics

  1. Andrew R. Solow

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vae008.pub2

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Solow, A. R. 2013. Time Series, Ecological . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 6.

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  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The most common situation in which time series data are the central object of ecological analysis is in population dynamics/population modeling. Let Xt be the size or density of a population in period t. A general deterministic model of the dynamics of this population is the first-order nonlinear difference equation: Xt = Xt−1F(Xt−1) where F is a nonnegative function.


  • population dynamics;
  • density dependence;
  • chaos;
  • population viability analysis;
  • measurement error