Detecting changes in simulated events using partial-interval recording and momentary time sampling

John T. Rapp, Amanda M. Colby-Dirksen, Dara N. Michalski, Regina A. Carroll, Ally M. Lindenberg

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In a series of three studies, we evaluated simulated data with reversal designs to determine whether partial-interval recording (PIR) and momentary time sampling (MTS) detected changes that were evident with continuous measures. The results from Study 1 showed that MTS with interval sizes up to 30 s detected most of the moderate and large changes in duration events and MTS with interval sizes up to 1 min detected most large changes in duration events. By comparison, PIR with 10-s intervals detected approximately half of all changes in duration events. The results of Study 2 showed that only 10-s PIR reliably detected most small, moderate, and large changes in frequency events. The results of Study 3 showed that PIR with 10-s intervals generated a relatively high percentage of false positives for duration events, whereas MTS did not. As a whole, the results support previous findings, but also provide new guidelines for the use of PIR and MTS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-269
Number of pages33
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume23
Issue number4
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StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

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Detecting changes in simulated events using partial-interval recording and momentary time sampling. / Rapp, John T.; Colby-Dirksen, Amanda M.; Michalski, Dara N.; Carroll, Regina A.; Lindenberg, Ally M.

In: Behavioral Interventions, Vol. 23, No. 4, 01.11.2008, p. 237-269.

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Rapp, John T. ; Colby-Dirksen, Amanda M. ; Michalski, Dara N. ; Carroll, Regina A. ; Lindenberg, Ally M. / Detecting changes in simulated events using partial-interval recording and momentary time sampling. In: Behavioral Interventions. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 237-269.
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