StatSAW: Modelling lumber product assortment using zero-inflated Poisson regression

David Auty, Alexis Achim, Pierre Bédard, David Pothier

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Realistic forestry value chain simulations require accurate representations of each component. For primary processing, this is complicated by the fact that a single raw material is converted into a wide range of lumber products. The aim of this study was to develop statistical models for predicting lumber product assortment from tree size information, while taking into account the high proportion of zeros in the data. Lumber recovery was simulated from a database of 1013 laser-scanned Picea mariana (Mill.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb. and Abies balsamea (L.) Mill. stems using the sawing simulator Optitek. The number of boards per stem of specific products was modelled with zero-inflated Poisson regression using stem diameter and height as covariates. The number of boards per stem was strongly related to both diameter and height, but also changed according to input prices for lumber products. Zero-inflated models outperformed ordinary Poisson regression in all cases. The developed models will be integrated into simulation tools designed to optimize processes along the entire forest value chain from forest to end user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-647
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Abies balsamea
  • Lumber product assortment
  • Optimization
  • Picea mariana
  • Sawing simulation
  • Zero-inflated Poisson regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Forestry
  • Ecology


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