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Proximity coefficients as a measure of interrelationships in sequences of behavior.

Taylor, Paul J. (2006) Proximity coefficients as a measure of interrelationships in sequences of behavior. Behavior Research Methods, 38 (1). pp. 42-50. ISSN 1554-351X

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Abstract

Although a range of methods allow investigators to measure the local dependencies among behaviors in a sequence, only indirect methods are available for measuring the interrelationships among behaviors across an entire sequence. This article introduces a new “proximity” coefficient that measures interrelationships among behaviors as a direct function of their intrinsic organization within a sequence. The coefficient does not depend on a user-defined “window” of analysis and provides an efficient use of data that facilitates comparisons across actors, over time periods, and between single cases. An analysis of artificial data shows further properties of the coefficient, including a diagonal value that reflects the degree to which a behavior is reciprocated, and an asymmetry in values that depicts the relative precedence among behaviors. Extensions of the coefficient to the multivariate case, and its relation to existing methods of analyzing sequences, are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Behavior Research Methods
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 11008
Deposited By: Dr Paul Taylor
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2008 14:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 11:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11008

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