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Field Note—Comparison of Estimates of Hardwood Bole Volume Using Importance Sampling, the Centroid Method, and Some Taper Equations

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Various taper systems and the centroid method were compared to unbiased volume estimates made by importance sampling for 720 hardwood trees selected throughout the state of West Virginia. Only the centroid method consistently gave volumes estimates that did not differ significantly from those made by importance sampling, although some taper equations did well for most species.
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Keywords: Centroid; importance sampling; taper equations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Forest Management Resources, School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802, 2: Conservation Officer West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, 149 State Park Trail, Roanoke, WV, 26447, 3: Project Leader USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Morgantown, WV, 26505-3101,

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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