Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Focal Sampling

Sampling technique used in primate behavior studies in which one animal is observed exclusively for a determined period while its behavior is recorded; after this time period has elapsed, another animal may be observed for the same period. This technique has the advantage of providing a more detailed sequence of behavior events than an erratic focus on the group as a whole. Aka focal animal sampling.

Cf. ad libitum sampling, behavior sampling, scan sampling.

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