Notes: A Generalized Approach to the Use of Matrix Growth Models

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Matrix models provide one of many alternatives to growth and yield modeling. An attractive aspect of the matrix approach is the ease with which a model may be developed once the appropriate data are collected. However, a serious drawback is the inflexibility of matrix models for making growth projections over intervals that are not integer multiples of the remeasurement period. We present a matrix factorization approach that overcomes this restriction. The key element is the solution of a nonlinear program designed to find an approximation of the original growth matrix. Forest Sci. 31:850-856.

Keywords: Forest management; matrix models; nonlinear programming

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Forest Resources, School of Forest Resources, 209 Ferguson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Publication date: December 1, 1985

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