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BIO 356 Lab 4 - Kazi Sakiouzzaman BIO 356 Lab 4 Age...

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Kazi Sakiouzzaman BIO 356 03-05-08 Lab 4: Age Structure 1. What are the similarities and differences between the Leslie matrix model and the Malthusian growth model? What is the advantage of the Leslie matrix model over the simpler models used previously? The Malthusian growth model is essentially a simple exponential growth model which takes into account the initial population size, a growth rate and the time duration of the population’s growth/decline. The Leslie matrix model takes into account the importance of females in a population by taking into account a population being closed to migration. In a Leslie Model, the population is strictly divided into age class or life stage groups.. At each time step the population is represented by a vector with an element for each age classes where each element indicates the number of individuals currently in that class. This can correlate to changes in population based on ability of females to reproduce in each age class. The
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