Post-print of: Vanclay, JK 2006, 'Spatially-explicit competition indices and the analysis of mixed-species plantings with the Simile modelling environment', Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 233, pp. 295-302.
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Publisher's version of article available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2006.05.020
Individual-based modelling and analysis of forest experiments has been made more accessible to researchers with the advent of modelling environments like Simile from www.simulistics.com. Individual-based analyses of tree growth data offer insights not possible with plot-based analyses, especially when the original experimental design has been compromised by mortality or other unforeseen events. The paper illustrates how Simile can be used for individual-based analyses of mixed plantings, and how it can be used to explore the consequences of the resulting statistical models. A mixed-species planting of Eucalyptus pellita and Acacia peregrina is used to illustrate possibilities.