Evaluation of frequency distributions for flood hazard analysis

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Edited by: Espey William H.Combs Phil G.


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Many different frequency distributions and fitting methods are used to determine the magnitude and frequency of floods and rainfall. Ten different combinations of frequency distributions and fitting methods are evaluated by summarizing the differences in the 0.002 exceedance probability quantile (500-year event), presenting graphical displays of the 10 estimates of the 0.002 quantile, and performing statistical tests to determine if differences are statistically significant. This evaluation indicated there are some statistically significant differences among the methods but, from an engineering standpoint, these differences may not be significant.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Evaluation of frequency distributions for flood hazard analysis
Volume 1
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher ASCE
Publisher location New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title International Water Resources Engineering Conference - Proceedings
First page 124
Last page 128
Conference Title Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Water Resources. Part 1 (of 2)
Conference Location San Antonio, TX, USA
Conference Date 14 August 1995 through 18 August 1995
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