Measures of activity in captive monkey groups

James A. Martenson, Michael Oswald, J. Erwin

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Two measures of group activity were assessed using 14 captive groups of pigtail monkeys (M. nemestrina). Absolute frequencies of movement of individuals (a direct measure of activity) was used as a criterion in the evaluation of a sampling technique (an indirect measure of activity). The indirect measure involved monitoring the frequency of movement of individuals past a fixed point in the environment. The indirect measure correlated highly with the criterion measure (r=.91). use of indirect measures of activity such as the one described here can increase the efficiency of data collection by allowing observers sufficient time to monitor a greater range of behaviors. However, sampling techniques should be carefully evaluated in an appropriate context before they are adopted for general use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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