An expert-driven causal model of the rhino poaching problem

Koen, Hildegarde and de Villiers, J.P. and Roodt, Henk and De Waal, Alta (2017) An expert-driven causal model of the rhino poaching problem. Ecological Modelling, 347 . pp. 29-39. ISSN 03043800 (In Press)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.12.007

Abstract or Summary

A significant challenge in ecological modelling is the lack of complete sets of high-quality data. This is especially true in the rhino poaching problem where data is incomplete. Although there are many poaching attacks, they can be spread over a vast surface area such as in the case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, which is roughly the size of Israel. Bayesian networks are useful reasoning tools and can utilise expert knowledge when data is insufficient or sparse. Bayesian networks allow the modeller to incorporate data, expert knowledge, or any combination of the two. This flexibility of Bayesian networks makes them ideal for modelling complex ecological problems. In this paper an expert-driven model of the rhino poaching problem is presented. The development as well as the evaluation of the model is performed from an expert perspective. Independent expert evaluation is performed in the form of queries that test different scenarios. Structuring the rhino poaching problem as a causal network yields a framework that can be used to reason about the problem, as well as inform the modeller of the type of data that has to be gathered.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Rhino poaching, Predictive modeling, Insufficient data, Expert knowledge
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Research Facilities > Centre for Transdisciplinary Research of Innovation
ID Code:5152
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