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Generalizing residual analysis for complex stochastic animal movement models

Generalizing residual analysis for complex, stochastic animal movement models

Jonathan Potts, Marie Auger-Méthé, Mark Lewis


How good is our best model
How good is our best model? animal movement models

Potts JR, Harris S & Giuggioli L. (2013) Quantifying behavioural changes in territorial animals caused by sudden population declines. Am Nat 182:E73-E82


A hypothetical data set
A hypothetical data set animal movement models



Check look at the residuals
Check: look at the residuals animal movement models

“Residual”: the distance between the model prediction and the data

Zuur et al. (2009) Mixed effects models and extensions in ecology with R. Springer Verlag


Try again best fit quadratic
Try again: best fit quadratic animal movement models


How do we extend these ideas to movement models
How do we extend these ideas to movement models? animal movement models

Generic movement model: probability of moving to x at a time τ in the future given that the agent is currently at y and arrived there on a bearing θand is travelling through environment E is


e.g. food distribution animal movement models

e.g. topography

Actual move



Earth mover s distance a generalised residual1
Earth mover`s distance: a generalised residual animal movement models

  • is the actual place the animal moves to


Standardised earth mover s distance
Standardised earth mover`s distance animal movement models


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data1
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points

  • Simulate your model for N steps and repeat M times, where M is nice and big


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data2
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points

  • Simulate your model for N steps and repeat M times, where M is nice and big

  • For each simulation, generate the Earth Movers distance (EMD)


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data3
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points

  • Simulate your model for N steps and repeat M times, where M is nice and big

  • For each simulation, generate the Earth Movers distance (EMD)

  • This gives a distribution of simulation EMDs


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data4
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points

  • Simulate your model for N steps and repeat M times, where M is nice and big

  • For each simulation, generate the Earth Movers distance (EMD)

  • This gives a distribution of simulation EMDs

  • Also calculate EMD between data and model ED


A scheme for testing how close your model is to data5
A scheme for testing how close your model is to data animal movement models

  • Suppose you have N data points

  • Simulate your model for N steps and repeat M times, where M is nice and big

  • For each simulation, generate the Earth Movers distance (EMD)

  • This gives a distribution of simulation EMDs

  • Also calculate EMD between data and model ED

  • If ED is not within 95% confidence intervals of the distribution of simulation EMDs then reject null hypothesis that model describes the data well


Power test on simulated data animal movement models

F(x)

T(x)


Power test on simulated data animal movement models

Potts JR, Auger-Méthé M, Mokross K, Lewis MA. A generalized residual technique for analyzing complex movement models using earth mover's distance. In review for Methods EcolEvol arxiv:1402.1805


Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements animal movement models

Mark Lewis (University of Alberta)

Marie Auger-Méthé (UofA)

Members of the Lewis Lab


Conclusion
Conclusion animal movement models

  • Want to know how good your model is in an absolute rather than relative sense?


Conclusion1
Conclusion animal movement models

  • Got a mathematical model and want to know how good it is?

  • Use EMD for the best results.

EMD


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