A model for open populations subject to periodical re-classifications

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Populations with periodical re-classifications occur in many fields, such as Insurance Companies, Bank Institutions, Pension Funds, Epidemiology and Health/Disease studies, where population elements are periodically reclassified. We show how to carry out inference for such populations, under general assumptions. Our treatment differs from previous ones since we consider open populations and focus on the sizes of subpopulations, availing ourselves of the Stochastic Vortices theory, see Guerreiro and Mexia (2004) and Guerreiro and Mexia (2008).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-321
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Statistical Theory and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Markov chains
  • Parameter inference
  • Stochastic vortices


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