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Observing Interaction : An Introduction to Sequential Analysis - Roger Bakeman

Observing Interaction

An Introduction to Sequential Analysis

Paperback Published: 4th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521574273
Number Of Pages: 224

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Mothers and infants exchanging gleeful vocalizations, married couples discussing their problems, children playing, birds courting, and monkeys fighting all have this in common: their interactions unfold over time. Almost anyone who is interested can observe and describe such phenomena. However, scientists usually demand more than a desription--they want observations that are replicable and amenable to scientific analysis, while still faithful to the dynamics of the phenomena studied. This book provides a straightforward introduction to scientific methods for observing social behavior. The second edition clarifies and extends material from the first edition, especially with respect to data analysis. A common standard for sequential data is introduced and sequential analysis is placed on firmer, log-linear statistical footing. The second edition is designed to work as a companion volume to Analyzing Interaction (1995). Because of the importance of time in the dynamics of social interaction, sequential approaches to analyzing and understanding social behavior are emphasized. An advanced knowledge of statistical analysis is not required. Instead, the authors present fundamental concepts and offer practical advice.

'The book is an excellent primer for the novice and a good methods reminder for the experienced. Its major point, that sequential observation has been ignored, is a good one. It is written in a clear, readable, self-contained style with the exception of the last two chapters which require the use of additional resources listed in the bibliography. It contains very useful tables and figures, examples, and repeated summaries of major points made in each chapter and chapter section.' American Journal of Primatology

Developing a coding scheme
Recording behavioral sequences
Assessing observer agreement
Representing observational data
Analyzing sequential data: first steps
Analyzing event sequences
Issues in sequential analysis
Analyzing time sequences
Analyzing cross-classified events
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ISBN: 9780521574273
ISBN-10: 0521574277
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.29  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised