A method is presented to derive point and interval estimates of the total number of individuals in a heterogenous Poisson population. The method is based on the Horvitz-Thompson approach. The zero-truncated Poisson regression model is fitted and results are used to obtain point and interval estimates for the total number of individuals in the population. The method is assessed by performing a simulation experiment computing coverage probabilities of Horvitz-Thompson confidence intervals for cases with different sample sizes and Poisson parameters. We illustrate our method using capture-recapture data from the police registration system providing information on illegal immigrants in four large cities in the Netherlands.

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doi.org/10.1191/1471082X03st057oa, hdl.handle.net/1765/94067
Statistical Modelling
Erasmus University Rotterdam

van der Heijden, P. G., Bustami, R. (Rami), Cruyff, M.J. (Maarten), Engbersen, G., & van Houwelingen, H. (2003). Point and interval estimation of the population size using the truncated Poisson regression model. Statistical Modelling, 3(4), 305–322. doi:10.1191/1471082X03st057oa