Detecting cyclicity in social interaction

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Reviews spectral and cross-spectral analytic methods for detecting cyclicity, cross-cyclicity, and lead-lag relationships in continuous data derived from the observation of dyadic interaction. It is found that lead-lag relationships can be assessed using the phase spectrum. Spectral analytic methods are then generalized to categorical observational data (taken from a study by the author and his associates; see record 1978-20895-001). It is shown that by these methods one can derive the classical information theory definition of social communication and its distribution statistics. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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