Analysis of the time distribution and time sequence of behavioral acts.
A technique for analyzing the temporal structure between various initiations of a particular behavioral act has been developed using a parameter known as the K-function, the cornerstone of recent statistical research on spatial point processes and patterns. The technique has been extended to the study of the joint relationship of separate acts. Bootstrap methods are used to estimate the uncertainty in these measures. The usefulness of these techniques is demonstrated using data from studies of rats exposed to phenytoin and nitrous oxide.