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Plot Size Optimization

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The relationships between measurement time, travel time, and plot size are examined for simple random sampling and systematic sampling on a square lattice. The total time to estimate a stand variable within a desired level of accuracy is shown to be minimal if plot size is calculated from the formula P* = P(t/m)² where P* = optimal plot size; P = any arbitrarily chosen plot size; t = travel time between two neighboring plots of size P (the distance between plots of size P should correspond to the number of plots which provides the desired accuracy); m = plot-measurement time for a plot of size P. Forest Sci. 26:251-257.

Keywords: Resource inventory; sampling; stand structure

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Department of Horticulture and Forestry, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR 71655

Publication date: June 1, 1980

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