fonton et al._OJF_ Modeling the distribution_PR2013

Fonton N., Atindogbé G., Akossou A.Y., Missanon B.T., Fadohan B., Lejeune P.

[2013] Modeling the distribution of marketable timber products of private teak (Tectona grandis L.f.) plantations. Open Journal of Forestry 3(4), 115-121

Management of marketable products of private plantations will not be sustainable without class girth being identifiable readily. Modeling marketable products is a key to obtain good fitness between observed and theoretical girth distribution. We determine the best parameter recovery method with the Weibull function for two sylvicultural regimes (coppice and high forest). Data on stand variables were collected from 1101 sample plots. The three Weibull function parameters were estimated with three parameters recovery methods: the maximum likelihood method, the method of moments and the method of percentiles. Stepwise regression and the simultaneously reestimated parameter using the Seemingly Unrelated Regression Estimation were applied to model each parameter. The results indicated that the three methods successfully predicted girth size distributions within the sample stands. The method of moments was the best one with lowest values of Reynolds error index and Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic however the sylvicultural regimes. The Weibull parameter distribution model developed for each of the two sylvicultural regimes was quite reliable.

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