Statistical Techniques In Stereology

Clarke, KR 1981 Statistical Techniques In Stereology. Communications in Statistics Part A-Theory and Methods, 10 (15). 1459 - 1478.

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Stereology typically concerns estimation of properties of a geometric structure from plane section information. This paperprovides a brief review of some statistical aspects of this rapidly developing field, with some reference to applications in the earth sciences. After an introductory discussion of the scope of stereology, section 2 briefly mentions results applicable when no assumptions can be made about the stochastic nature of the sampled matrix, statistical considerations then arising solelyfrom the ‘randomness’ of the plane section. The next two sections postulate embedded particles of specific shapes, the particular case of spheres being discussed in some detail. References are made to results for ‘thin slices’ and other prob-ing mechanisms. Randomly located convex particles, of otherwise arbitrary shape, are discussed in section 5 and the review concludes with a specific application of stereological ideas to some data on neolithic mining.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: spherical particles, poisson grains, plane section, unfolding, likelihood, ‘root beta’ distribution, marine science, palaeontology, neolithic mining, thin slice
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Depositing User: EPrints Services
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