Analysing line transect data at least three ways

# Chapter 1 - Introduction

This chapter introduces the basic concepts of distance sampling via lecture. It also offers you the chance to sharpen your distance sampling skills with a pencil-and-paper exercise. You are also introduced to the distance sampling software, **Distance**, to analyse ducknest data.

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##### Introduction to distance sampling

##### Ducknest density analysis (manually)

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Narrative solution to manual ducknest analysis
- Exercise solution

##### Types of distance sampling

##### Choosing a detection function

##### Additional mathematical ways to think about line transects

##### Further manual calculations with ducknest data

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Narrative solution to additional ducknest calculations
- Exercise solution

##### Introduction to Distance software

##### Ducknest analysis using Distance software

- Exercise description
- Exercise instructions
- Monte Vista Refuge ducknests Distance project zip file

- Narrative solution to computer analysis of duck nests
- Exercise solution
- Alternative method of analysing these data

##### Reference guide of terms and notation for distance sampling

#### A recreational quiz to assess your understanding of this material

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