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Nonlinear regression is increasingly used to develop allometric equations for forest biomass estimation (i.e., as opposed to the traditional approach of log‐transformation followed by linear regression). Most statistical software packages, however, assume additive errors by default, violating a key assumption of allometric theory and possibly producing spurious models. Here, we show that such models may bias stand‐level biomass estimates by up to 100 percent in young forests, and we present an alternative nonlinear fitting approach that conforms with allometric theory.
Mascaro, Joseph; Litton, Creighton M.; Hughes, R. Flint; Uowolo, Amanda; and Schnitzer, Stefan A., "Minimizing Bias in Biomass Allometry: Model Selection and Log‐Transformation of Data" (2011). Biological Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 746.
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