This volume provides a comprehensive summary of developments in theories and techniques within the areas of sampling, measurement, and statistical methods for analyzing behavioral data. By unifying new theories, techniques, methodologies, terminology, and language in behavioral observation research, the authors provide a comprehensive source for students and researchers.
"…a brief, well-organized, and clearly-written introduction to sampling and data recording issues and to reliability and validity concerns, especially as applied to observational data…"
"…At last, a book which brings clarity, cohesiveness, and a psychometric theory to bear on the topic is now available….a resource providing rich information to researchers in many disciplines."
—Educational and Psychological Measurement
Contents: Preface. Introduction. Behavior Sampling and Recording. Subject Sampling and Assignment. Time Sampling. Reliability: Conventional Methods. Reliability: The Generalizability Approach. Validity. Time Series Analysis: Introduction. Time Series Analysis: ARIMA. Time Series Analysis: Other Methods. Summary. Appendices: Introductory Statistics. Probabilities of the Systematic Error in Single-Subject Time Sampling for Selected Intervals. Maximum and Minimum Kappa for Given Proportion Agreement Value.