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Leslie Matrix Overview

 

Leslie matrix (model) is a discrete, non-negative, age-structured model, which describes the development, mortality, and reproduction of organisms over a period of time. As one of the most popular models in population ecology, it was invented by Patrick H. Leslie in 1945.


A typical Leslie model is written as:


which can be expanded into:



Thus a Leslie matrix contains:

  • age-specific fertilities in the first row
  • age-specific survival probabilities in the subdiagonal
  • zeros elsewhere