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Sample Support

Ecological Statistics

  1. Pierre Goovaerts

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vas004.pub2

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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Goovaerts, P. 2013. Sample Support . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 5.

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  1. BioMedware Inc, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


Sample support generally refers to the length, area, or volume associated with a measurement or observation. The term originates in the field of geostatistics, primarily from mining applications. To appreciate the issues associated with this term, this entry provides (i) a more complete definition of sample support as used in geostatistics; (ii) a description of the problems that arise in working with data of differing supports; (iii) a brief overview of the solutions to change of support problems.


  • aggregation;
  • kriging;
  • variogram;
  • scaling;
  • simulation;
  • indicators