Quotation Müller, Jörg, Meneses, Julio, Humbert, Anne Laure, Günther, Elisabeth Anna. 2019. Assessing Wearable Sensor Data For Small Group Research. A Benchmarking And Validation Study. 14th Conference of the European Sociology Association. Manchester, Großbritannien, 20.08.-23.08.




Wearable sensors are providing exciting new research opportunities for social scientists. The scholarly community has invested considerable effort to assess the validity and reliability of gathered data over the recent years (Kayhan et al., 2018; Parker et al., 2018). The grand majority of these initial studies has relied on laboratory experiments or field studies with single groups. At the same time, contributions are spread out across different strands of the social-, behavioral- and computer science literature. Findings, therefore, are scattered, and mostly limited to one specific group or field situation without means to assess the influence of wider contextual conditions on senor based data and insights based on them. This paper addresses the problem by analyzing and comparing wearable sensor data of ten, relatively small Research and Development (R&D) teams in the context of the H2020 GEDII project (2015-2018). Inter-group variance of sensor measures are explored in the light of complementary data collected, including socio-demographics of team members, gender stereotype, personality traits, and three round-robin ratings regarding advice seeking, friendship and psychological safety. By examining how important sensor measures vary between comparable teams, a more fine-tuned picture regarding the context-sensitive nature of supposedly “objective” sensor measures starts to appear. Our research contributes to the important task of validating sociometric, sensor-based data as new, quantitative measurement tool for social scientists; a methodological proposal for research design, data pre-processing and analysis is included. // Kayhan et al. (2018). How honest are the signals? A protocol for validating wearable sensors. Behavior Research Methods, 1–27. doi:10.3758/s13428-017-1005-4. Parker, et al (2018). Using Sociometers to Advance Small Group Research. Sociological Methods & Research, doi:10.1177/0049124118769091.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Assessing Wearable Sensor Data For Small Group Research. A Benchmarking And Validation Study.
Event 14th Conference of the European Sociology Association.
Year 2019
Date 20.08.-23.08.
Country United Kingdom
Location Manchester
URL https://www.conftool.pro/esa2019/index.php?page=browseSessions&form_session=2460#paperID583


Günther, Elisabeth Anna (Former researcher)
Humbert, Anne Laure (Oxford Brookes, Spain)
Meneses, Julio (IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Castelldefels, Spain)
Müller, Jörg (IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Castelldefels, Spain)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5403 Educational sociology (Details)
5416 Industrial sociology (Details)
5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
5422 Feminist issues (Details)
5957 Gender studies (soical sciences) (Details)
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