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Statistical modelling of individual animal movement : an overview of key methods and a discussion of practical challenges. / Patterson, Toby A.; Parton, Alison; Langrock, Roland; Blackwell, Paul G.; Thomas, Len; King, Ruth.

In: Advances in Statistical Analysis, Vol. 101, No. 4, 10.2017, p. 399-438.

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Patterson, TA, Parton, A, Langrock, R, Blackwell, PG, Thomas, L & King, R 2017, 'Statistical modelling of individual animal movement: an overview of key methods and a discussion of practical challenges' Advances in Statistical Analysis, vol. 101, no. 4, pp. 399-438. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10182-017-0302-7

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Patterson, T. A., Parton, A., Langrock, R., Blackwell, P. G., Thomas, L., & King, R. (2017). Statistical modelling of individual animal movement: an overview of key methods and a discussion of practical challenges. Advances in Statistical Analysis, 101(4), 399-438. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10182-017-0302-7

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Patterson TA, Parton A, Langrock R, Blackwell PG, Thomas L, King R. Statistical modelling of individual animal movement: an overview of key methods and a discussion of practical challenges. Advances in Statistical Analysis. 2017 Oct;101(4):399-438. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10182-017-0302-7

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Patterson, Toby A. ; Parton, Alison ; Langrock, Roland ; Blackwell, Paul G. ; Thomas, Len ; King, Ruth. / Statistical modelling of individual animal movement : an overview of key methods and a discussion of practical challenges. In: Advances in Statistical Analysis. 2017 ; Vol. 101, No. 4. pp. 399-438.

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