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A Sampling Strategy to Estimate the Area and Perimeter of Irregularly Shaped Planar Regions

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The length of a randomly oriented ray emanating from an interior point of a planar region can be used to unbiasedly estimate the region's area and perimeter. Estimators and corresponding variance estimators under various selection strategies are presented. For. Sci. 41(3):470-476.
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Keywords: Random radius; unbiased estimation

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Louis C. Wyman Forest Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 640, Durham, NH 03824-0640

Publication date: 1995-08-01

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