# Bivariate distribution modeling with tree diameter and height data

Wang, Mingliang and Rennolls, Keith (2007) *Bivariate distribution modeling with tree diameter and height data.* Forest Science, 53 (1). pp. 16-24. ISSN 0015-749X

## Abstract

The Logit-Logistic (LL), Johnson's SB, and the Beta (GBD) are flexible four-parameter probability distribution models in terms of the (skewness-kurtosis) region covered, and each has been used for modeling tree diameter distributions in forest stands. This article compares bivariate forms of these models in terms of their adequacy in representing empirical diameter-height distributions from 102 sample plots. Four bivariate models are compared: SBB, the natural, well-known, and much-used bivariate generalization of SB; the bivariate distributions with LL, SB, and Beta as marginals, constructed using Plackett's method (LL-2P, etc.). All models are fitted using maximum likelihood, and their goodness-of-fits are compared using minus log-likelihood (equivalent to Akaike's Information Criterion, the AIC). The performance ranking in this case study was SBB, LL-2P, GBD-2P, and SB-2P

Item Type: | Article |
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Uncontrolled Keywords: | Johnson's SB, logit-logistic, beta, Johnson's SBB, Plackett's method |

Subjects: | Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science S Agriculture > SD Forestry |

School / Department / Research Groups: | School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Science School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Statistics & Operational Research Group |

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Last Modified: | 31 Mar 2011 18:20 |

URI: | http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1086 |

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