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Notes: Fitting Assumed Distributions to Horizontal Point Sample Diameters

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The theory is developed for fitting assumed distributions, such as the Weibull, to diameters which were derived from horizontal point samples. The method of maximum likelihood and the method of moments are discussed briefly as two ways of doing this. The results make it possible to fit assumed distributions to horizontal point data for such uses as providing growth and yield estimates by diameter class. Forest Sci. 32:146-148.
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Keywords: Maximum likelihood; moments; random sampling

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Mathematical Statistician at the Southern Forest Experiment Station, Room T-10210 U.S. Postal Service Building, 701 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113

Publication date: 1986-03-01

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