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Use R!
Series Editors Robert Gentleman Kurt Hornik Giovanni Parmigiani

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Use R!
Albert: Bayesian Computation with R Bivand/Pebesma/Gomez-Rubio: Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R ´ Claude:Morphometrics with R Cook/Swayne: Interactive and Dynamic Graphics for Data Analysis: With R and GGobiHahne/Huber/Gentleman/Falcon: Bioconductor Case Studies Nason: Wavelet Methods in Statistics with R Paradis: Analysis of Phylogenetics and Evolution with R Peng/Dominici: Statistical Methods for Environmental Epidemiology with R: A Case Study in Air Pollution and Health Pfaff: Analysis of Integrated and Cointegrated Time Series with R, 2nd edition Sarkar: Lattice: Multivariate Data Visualization with RSpector: Data Manipulation with R

Andrew P. Robinson • Jeff D. Hamann

Forest Analytics with R
An Introduction


Andrew P. Robinson Dept. Mathematics and Statistics University of Melbourne Parkville 3010 VIC Australia Series Editors: Robert Gentleman Program in Computational Biology Division of Public Health Sciences Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center1100 Fairview Avenue, N. M2-B876 Seattle,Washington 98109 USA Giovanni Parmigiani The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University 550 North Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205-2011 USA

Jeff D. Hamann Forest Informatics, Inc. PO Box 1421 97339-1421 Corvallis Oregon USA

Kurt Hornik Department of Statistik and MathematikWirtschaftsuniversität Wien Augasse 2-6 A-1090 Wien Austria

ISBN 978-1-4419-7761-8 e-ISBN 978-1-4419-7762-5 DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-7762-5 Springer New York Dordrecht Heidelberg London
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This book is dedicated to Grace, Felix, and M’Liss, (and Henry and Yohan) with grateful thanks for inspiration and patience.


R is anopen-source and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. R compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms (e.g., GNU/Linux and FreeBSD), Windows, and Mac OSX. Since the late 1990s, R has been developed by hundreds of contributors and new capabilities are added each month. The software is gaining popularity because: 1) it is platform independent, 2) it is free, and 3) thesource code is freely available and can be inspected to determine exactly what R is doing. Our objectives for this book are to 1) demonstrate the use of R as a solid platform upon which forestry analysts can develop repeatable and clearly documented methods; 2) provide guidance in the broad area of data handling and analysis for forest and natural resources analytics; and 3) to use R to solveproblems we face each day as forest data analysts. This book is intended for two broad audiences: students, researchers, and software people who commonly handle forestry data; and forestry practitioners who need to develop actionable solutions to common operational, tactical, and strategic problems. We often mention better and more complete treatments of specific subject material for further reference...
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