Observer bias in selection of study group in baboon field studies
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- Sharman, M. & Dunbar, R.I.M. Primates (1982) 23: 567. doi:10.1007/BF02373968
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Analyses of data from field studies of baboons (genusPapio) show that observers tend to select the largest groups available to them in their study populations up to a limiting group size of about 80–100 animals. This is likely to introduce significant biasses into eco-correlate analyses whenever group size is an important independent variable.