Journal article

Iwao's patchiness regression through the origin: biological importance and efficiency of sampling applications

Edward Kyle Waters, Michael J Furlong, Kurt K Benke, James Robin Grove, Andrew John Hamilton

POPULATION ECOLOGY | SPRINGER JAPAN KK | Published : 2014

Abstract

Iwao's mean crowding-mean density relation can be treated both as a linear function describing the biological characteristics of a species at a population level, or a regression model fitted to empirical data (Iwao's patchiness regression). In this latter form its parameters are commonly used to construct sampling plans for insect pests, which are characteristically patchily distributed or overdispersed. It is shown in this paper that modifying both the linear function and statistical model to force the intercept or lower functional limit through the origin results in more intuitive biological interpretation of parameters and better sampling economy. Firstly, forcing the function through the..

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