F&ES 751b

Sampling Methodology and Practice

2013-2014
Credits: 3
Spring 2014: M,W, 10:30-11:50, Marsh
 
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This course is intended to provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of statistical sampling, alternative estimators of population parameters, and the design basis for inference in survey sampling. Natural, ecological, and environmental resource applications of sampling are used to exemplify numerous sampling strategies. Sample designs to be studied include simple random; systematic; unequal probability, with and without replacement; stratified sampling; sampling with fixed-radius plots; horizontal point sampling; and line intercept. The Horvitz-Thompson, ratio, regression, and other estimators are introduced and used repeatedly throughout the course. Three hours lecture. Weekly and biweekly problem sets requiring the use of a computer spreadsheet.

F&ES 751 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 780: Seminar in Forest Inventory