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Quantifying Diameter Distributions with the Weibull Function

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The Weibull probability density function is proposed as a diameter distribution model. Its advantages include flexibility in shape and simplicity of mathematical derivations. Estimation and interpretation of parameters are discussed and illustrated with published data. Forest Sci. 19:97-104.

Keywords: Exponential distribution; maximum likelihood; percenttiles; point individual distance; simulation

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Mathematical Statistician, Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, New Orleans, La.

Publication date: June 1, 1973

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