Motivated by sampling problems in forestry and related fields, we suggest a spatial sampling scheme for estimating the intensity of a point process. The technique is related to the `wandering quarter' method. In applications where the cost of identifying random points is high relative to the cost of taking measurements, for example when identification involves travelling within a large region, our approach has significant advantages over more traditional approaches such as T-square sampling. When the point process is Poisson we suggest a simple bias correction for a `naive' estimator of intensity, and also discuss a more complex estimator based on maximum likelihood. A technique for pivoting, founded on a fourth-root transformation, is proposed and shown to yield second-order accuracy when applied to construct bootstrap confidence intervals for intensity. Bootstrap methods for correcting edge effects and for addressing non-Poisson point-process models are also suggested.
"Bias correction and bootstrap methods for a spatial sampling scheme." Bernoulli 7 (6) 829 - 846, December 2001.