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    A volume and taper prediction system based on d10 and consisting of a total volume equation, two volume ratio equations (one for diameter limits, the other for height limits), and a taper equation was developed for bald cypress using sample tree data collected in Louisiana. Normal diameter (dn), a subjective variable-height measure applied to bald cypress (Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.) in place of diameter at breast height (dbh), was found to be inferior to five different fixed-height diameter measurement points in terms of predicting total volume. Diameter measured at 10 ft (3.0 m) above the ground, termed d10 is recommended as a better diameter measurement point for bald cypress. A number of "goodness-of-fit" statistics were employed to evaluate alternative functions for predicting volume and taper. Two statistics, bias and sum of squared relative residuals, provided the best discrimination between functions.

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    Parresol, Bernard R.; Hotvedt, James E.; Cao, Quang V. 1987. A Volume and Taper Prediction System for Bald Cypress. Can. J. For. Res. 17: 250-259

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