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Relative Efficiency of Two-Dimensional Systematic Sampling

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Relative efficiency of systematic and stratified versus simple random sampling for crown area and tree frequency estimation was evaluated on tree-crown maps of 48-acre tracts from five forest types of the Pacific Northwest. Four populations with specified spatial distribution patterns were generated from each tract through computer simulation. Exhaustive two-dimensional systematic sampling was then undertaken with ΒΌ-acre sampling units. Results indicate that relative efficiency of systematic sampling varies, depending on the variable being estimated and the spatial distribution of trees in the stand. Systematic sampling was more precise than simple random sampling for estimating both variables of interest when applied to the original forest types. It was less precise than simple random sampling when applied to uniformly spaced populations. Forest Sci. 16: 271-276.
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Keywords: Sampling; crown area; tree frequency

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Scientist, Forest Research Laboratory, Dep. of Fisheries and Forestry, Canadian Forestry Serv., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Publication date: 1970-09-01

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