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Birch regeneration: a stochastic modelAuthor(s): William B. Leak
Source: Research Note NE-85. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThe regeneration of a clearcutting with paper or yellow birch is expressed as an elementary stochastic (probabalistic) model that is computationally similar to an absorbing Markov chain. In the general case, the model contains 29 states beginning with the development of a flower (ament) and terminating with the abortion of a flower or seed, or the development of an acceptable stem, unacceptable stem, dead seedling, or nongerminate (the six absorbing states). Expressions are given for the expected mean number of occurrences of each state, and the probability of arriving at any absorbing state after the occurrence of any transient state.
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CitationLeak, William B. 1968. Birch regeneration: a stochastic model. Research Note NE-85. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7p.
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