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On explicit formulas of edge effect correction for Ripley' s K-function

Abstract : The analysis of spatial pattern in plant ecology usually implies the solution of some edge effect problems. We present in this paper some explicit formulas of edge effect correction that should enable plant ecologists to analyse a wider range of real field data. We consider the local correcting factor of edge effect for Ripley's K-function, that can also be used for other statistics of spatial analysis based on the counting of neighbours within a given distance. For both circular and rectangular study areas, we provide a review of explicit formulas and an extension of these formulas for long and narrow plots. In the case of irregular-shaped study plots, we propose a generalization of the method that computes edge effect correction by excluding triangular surfaces from a simple (rectangular or circular) initial shape. A short example in forest ecology, where the soil characteristics determine a study plot of complex shape, illustrate how this edge effect correction can be effective to avoid misinterpretations."
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F. Goreaud, R. Pelissier. On explicit formulas of edge effect correction for Ripley' s K-function. Journal of Vegetation Science, Wiley, 1999, 10, pp.433-438. ⟨hal-02578563⟩



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