Acta Stereologica Acta Stereologica -  Volume 2 (1983)  Number 1 - Apr. 1983 

A comparative study of methods of unfolding size distributions

Alan G. Flook
Unilever Research, Colworth Laboratory, Colworth House, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, Gt. Britain


Practical experiments had indicated that errors obtained when unfolding particle size distributions from chord data were much greater than might be expected from reading the current stereological literature. Idealised experimental procedures were modelled in a computer program. The results confirm that, even with 'error-free measurements', the distortions in the frequency distributions produced would rule-out this method for most practical purposes.

A similar computer simulation was used to compare the results with those obtained from the Schwartz-Saltykov method.

To cite this article

Alan G. Flook, «A comparative study of methods of unfolding size distributions», Acta Stereologica [En ligne], Volume 2 (1983), Number 1 - Apr. 1983, 39-45 URL :