Acta Stereologica Acta Stereologica -  Volume 1 (1982)  Number 2 - Stereology 82 - Sheffield - Dec. 1982 

Line intercept sampling

Rodney Coleman
Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London SW7 2BZ, U.K.


A class of estimators for the internal structure of a specimen is introduced. It uses measurements on those features hit by a random line section. The estimators are unbiased and are compared with the usual stereological estimators. Methods of reducing their standard errors through the use of alternative methods of selecting the random line section, through independent repetitions, through serial sectioning and lattice test systems are considered.

The theory applies also to the line intercept sampling of features in a 2-d specimen and to the plane section sampling of features of a 3-d specimen.

To cite this article

Rodney Coleman, «Line intercept sampling», Acta Stereologica [En ligne], Volume 1 (1982), Number 2 - Stereology 82 - Sheffield - Dec. 1982, 187-198 URL :