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  • We examined the performance of several generalized linear fixed- and mixed-effects individual-tree mortality models for Douglas-fir stands in the Pacific Northwest. The mixed-effects models accounted for sampling and study design overdispersion. Inclusion of a random intercept term reduced model bias by 88% relative to the fixed-effects model; however, model discrimination did not substantially differ. An uninformed version of the mixed model that used only its fixed effects parameters produced predicted mortality values that exceeded the fixed-effects model bias by 31%. Overall, we did not find compelling evidence to suggest that the mixed models fit our data better than the fixed-effects model. In particular, the mixed models produced fixed-effects parameter estimates that predicted unreasonably high mortality rates for trees approaching 1 m in diameter at breast height.
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  • Groom, J., Hann, D., & Temesgen, H. (2012). Evaluation of mixed-effects models for predicting douglas-fir mortality. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 276, 139-145. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.03.029
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