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Title: Modelling Individual Growth in Random Environments
Authors: Filipe, Patrícia A.
Braumann, Carlos A.
Keywords: growth models
stochastic differential equations
cattle weight
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2008
Abstract: We have considered, as general models for the evolution of animal size in a random environment, stochastic differential equations of the form dY(t)=b( A-Y(t))dt+\sigma dW(t), where Y(t)=g(X(t)), X(t) is the size of an animal at time t, g is a strictly increasing function, A=g(a) where a is the asymptotic size, b>0 is a rate of approach to A, s measures the effect of random environmental fluctuations on growth, and W(t) is the Wiener process. The transient and stationary behaviours of this stochastic differential equation model are well-known. We have considered the stochastic Bertalanffy-Richards model (g(x)=x^c with c>0) and the stochastic Gompertz model (g(x)=ln x). We have studied the problems of parameter estimation for one path and also considered the extension of the estimation methods to the case of several paths, assumed to be independent. We used numerical techniques to obtain the parameters estimates through maximum likelihood methods as well as bootstrap methods. The data used for illustration is the weight of "mertolengo" cattle of the "rosilho" strand.
Type: lecture
Appears in Collections:MAT - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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