A post hoc correction procedure for systematic errors in time-sampling duration estimates

  • Hoi K. Suen
  • Donald Ary
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Abstract

Numerous previous studies have shown that partial-interval sampling in direct observation systematically overestimates duration and underestimates frequency. Whole-interval sampling systematically underestimates both duration and frequency. This paper presents a post hoc method through which the systematic errors in duration estimates in partial-interval sampling and whole-interval sampling can be minimized.

Key words

systematic error behavioral observation observer accuracy time sampling duration estimate 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoi K. Suen
    • 1
  • Donald Ary
    • 1
  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb

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