Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Scan Sampling

Sampling technique used in primate behavior studies in which the study group is rapidly scanned, or censused, at regular intervals; during this time the behavior of each individual is recorded by instantaneous sampling. This method of sampling limits the observer to only a few well defined behaviors and is biased towards conspicuous behaviors and individuals.

Cf. ad libitum sampling, behavior sampling, focal sampling.

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