Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Behavior Sampling

Sampling technique used in primate behavior studies in which the observer watches the entire group of animals and records each instance of a particular type of behavior with the details of the interactions that took place. This technique has the advantage that rare behaviors that might be missed, such as copulations or fighting, are more likely to be observed than by either focal sampling or scan sampling.

Cf. ad libitum sampling.

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