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Stable Isotope Sourcing Using Sampling

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Stable isotope mixing models are used to estimate proportional contributions of sources to a mixture, such as in the analysis of animal diets, plant nutrient use, geochemistry, pollution, and forensics. We describe an algorithm implemented as SISUS software for providing a user-specified number of probabilistic exact solutions derived quickly from the extended mixing model. Our method outperforms IsoSource [1], a deterministic algorithm for providing approximate solutions to represent the solution polytope. Our method is an approximate Bayesian large sample procedure. SISUS software is freely available at and as an R package at

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Erhardt, E. , Wolf, B. , Ben-David, M. and Bedrick, E. (2014) Stable Isotope Sourcing Using Sampling. Open Journal of Ecology, 4, 289-298. doi: 10.4236/oje.2014.46027.


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