Computerized systems for collecting real-time observational data

Sung Woo Kahng, Brian A. Iwata

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Advances in computer technology have led to the development of a number of semiautomated systems for collecting real-time observational data. We conducted a survey of 15 developers of computerized systems and summarized the features of each system. Many of these systems have incorporated laptop or handheld computers as well as bar-code scanners. Most systems used IBM-compatible (DOS or Windows) software, although a few were designed for either the MacOS or some other operating system. The range in prices started from free to more complete systems costing over $1,500. Data analysis programs were included with most programs; however, only about a third of the systems included a program to compute interobserver agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Computerized observation
  • Data analysis
  • Data collection
  • Observation systems


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