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Comparison of absolute and relative standard errors and estimates of tree volumes Hejjas, Joseph

Abstract

A great many kinds and forms of volume equations can be found in any review of the literature on this topic. At least four procedures are available for comparing volume equations to judge which one gives the best estimate of volume. These procedures are evaluated in this thesis for seven volume equation forms: [equation forms omitted] and two new methods are introduced: (l) Taylor's series for estimating errors and (2) sum of absolute deviations. Comparisons of above equations with different procedures were carried out for two species, lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia Engelm.) and white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss.). Merchantable volumes of both species were described by three subsets of data which were grouped according to the following Girard form quotients for 32 foot logs: 1. 80+ 2. 70-79 3.

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