The Application of Sampling to Log Scaling

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Much time and labor has been saved by the application of the theory of sampling to tasks or problems which require collecting and recording a large number of observations. In this paper evidence is presented which demonstrates that acceptable estimates of board foot volume can be obtained by applying sampling technique to log scaling. Numerous estimates of total volume obtained by several methods of sampling are shown to agree satisfactorily with the true total volume. To assist in the application of the results, a simplified procedure is presented which enables the scaler to determine quickly the proper sample size or interval at which a log must be scaled in order to meet any standard of precision desired.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: July 1, 1941

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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