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Modeling Tree Diameter Distributions in Natural Forests: An Evaluation of 10 Statistical Models

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Autor(es):
Ferreira de Lima, Renato Augusto [1] ; Ferreira Batista, Joao Luis [2] ; Prado, Paulo Inacio [1]
Número total de Autores: 3
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Ecol, Lab Ecol Teor, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Super Agr Luiz de Queiroz, Dept Ciencias Florestais, Lab Metodos Quantitat, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: FOREST SCIENCE; v. 61, n. 2, p. 320-327, APR 2015.
Citações Web of Science: 7
Resumo

In forestry, the description of tree sizes is commonly performed by fitting statistical models to diameter distributions. However, there is little agreement on which models are more flexible to this end, especially in tropical forests. Here we provide the simultaneous evaluation at species and subplot levels of 10 models using large data sets from four representative forest types in Brazil. We aimed to detect which models provide best fits and under which sample properties (size, median, variance, skewness, and kurtosis). We show that the combination of the logit-logistic, odd Weibull, Weibull, and Johnson's special bounded models provided reasonable descriptions for nearly all species (94.8%) and subplots (99.6%). However, there was little overlap between these four models, meaning that single models were rarely appropriate to describe the majority of cases. This complementarity was evident between the odd Weibull (better performance for more symmetrical, bimodal, or rotated-sigmoid patterns) and logit-logistic models (typical right-skewed and heavy-tailed patterns). The performance of all models was significantly related to forest type or sample properties. Models with more than three parameters had more problems related to optimization convergence, confidence interval estimation, and unrealistic fits. Finally, we discuss some theoretical issues related to the choice of appropriate models. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 13/08722-5 - O papel da diversidade funcional na estruturação de comunidades arbóreas tropicais: uma abordagem baseada em modelos
Beneficiário:Renato Augusto Ferreira de Lima
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Pós-Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 09/53413-5 - Um protocolo para ajuste e seleção de modelos de abundância de espécies
Beneficiário:Paulo Inácio de Knegt López de Prado
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Processo FAPESP: 99/09635-0 - Diversidade, dinâmica e conservação de árvores em florestas do estado de São Paulo: estudos em parcelas permanentes
Beneficiário:Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Programa BIOTA - Temático