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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Paul L Patterson

Statistician
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-2618
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Current Research

My primary responsibility is to conduct consultations with individuals from Interior West -Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. The consultations can involve: 1) assisting the clients in stating the problem in a precise form; 2) determining the appropriate techniques to solve the problem; 3) explaining the solution and the techniques involved in terms the clients can understand; 4) if the solution is not published, then develop statistical techniques, derive equations or write computer programs as needed; 5) assisting the clients in executing the solution and if necessary assist in moving experimental solutions into production mode. When requested I also consult with the national FIA program and with outside groups.

Research Interests

I am interested in finite and infinite sampling strategies for forest and rangeland inventories; with an emphasis on the statistical properties of the estimators. I am also interested statistical properties of models used in natural resource monitoring and change detection.

Past Research

The major purpose of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program in to conduct and continuously update a scientifically sound inventory and analysis of the nation�s forests and rangelands, providing high quality statistical and analytical support is essential to this endeavor.

Why This Research is Important

Quality assessment of Forest Inventory and Analysis data; Development of estimators for photo-based inventories; Calculation of upper confidence bounds on proportion of area containing not-sampled vegetation types; Statistical properties of optimized endogenous post-stratification estimators for the proportion of forest; Nonresponse in the Forest Inventory and Analysis program; Post-stratification estimation: with-in strata and total sample size recommendations

Education

  • University of Oregon, BS Mathematics, 1981
  • University of Oregon, MS Mathematics, 1982
  • University of Oregon, Ph.D. Mathematics, 1987
  • Colorado State University, Ph.D. Statistics, 2006

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Last updated on : 01/15/2014