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Comparison of Fixed-Radius Circular Plot Sampling with Simple Random Sampling

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Sampling by random selection of fixed-radius circular plots is shown to differ in a fundamental way from simple random sampling. An appropriate sampling population for circular plot sampling is given. Differences in sampling probabilities and estimators for simple random sampling and fixed-radius circular plot sampling are given. The sampling efficiencies of the two techniques are compared by evaluating variances of their respective estimators of the population total. Forest Sci. 27:245-252.

Keywords: Sampling comparison

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forestry, Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506

Publication date: June 1, 1981

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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