Evaluation of three methods for estimating the Weibull distribution parameters of Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis )

https://doi.org/10.17221/68/2008-JFSCitation:Lei Y. (2008): Evaluation of three methods for estimating the Weibull distribution parameters of Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis ). J. For. Sci., 54: 566-571.
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Weibull distribution was used to fit tree diameter data collected from 86 sample plots located in Chinese pine stand in Beijing. To estimate the Weibull distribution parameters, three methods [namely maximum likelihood estimation method (MLE), method of moment (MOM) and least-squares regression method (LSM)] were compared and evaluated on the basis of the mean square error (MSE) and sample size. For these sample plots, the moment method was superior for estimating the parameters of Weibull distribution for tree diameter distribution.
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