•An allometric model for a given species or plant functional type may be applied across multiple sites.•Validation is required when an existing generic multi-site and multi-species model is applied to a new species.•Alternative statistical approaches were assessed, and the equivalence test was recommended.•For sufficient power to avoid incorrectly accepting “validation”, sample size > 50 is recommended.•Even if validation fails, the sample size is sufficient to develop a new model.
Forest Ecology and Management – Elsevier
Published: Mar 15, 2018
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