Representation and estimation of stochastic populations
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This work is concerned with the representation and the estimation of populations composed of an uncertain and varying number of individuals which can randomly evolve in time. The existing solutions that address this type of problems make the assumption that all or none of the individuals are distinguishable. In other words, the focus is either on specific individuals or on the population as a whole. Theses approaches have complimentary advantages and drawbacks and the main objective in this work is to introduce a suitable representation for partially-indistinguishable populations. In order to fulfil this objective, a sufficiently versatile way of quantifying different types of uncertainties has to be studied. It is demonstrated that this can be achieved within a measure-theoretic Bayesian paradigm. The proposed representation of stochastic populations is then used for the introduction of various filtering algorithms from the most general to the most specific. The modelling possibilities and the accuracy of one of these filters are then demonstrated in different situations.