Line-intercept sampling

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In statistics, more specifically in biostatistics, line-intercept sampling (LIS) is a method of sampling elements in a region whereby an element is sampled if a chosen line segment, called a “transect”, intersects the element.[1]

Line intercept sampling has proven to be a reliable, versatile, and easy to implement method to analyze an area containing various objects of interest.[2] It has recently also been applied to estimating variances during particulate material sampling.[3]


  1. Kaiser, L, 1983. Unbiased Estimation in Line-Intercept Sampling, Biometrics 39. pp 965–976.
  2. Buckland, S.T. Introduction to distance sampling: estimating abundance of biological populations, New York, Oxford University Press; 2001.

See also

sl:Metoda linijskega transekta