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Richard GonzalezRichard Gonzalez

Center Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
Co-Director, BioSocial Methods Collaborative
Amos N Tversky Collegiate Professor, Psychology and Statistics, LSA
Professor of Integrative Systems and Design, College of Engineering


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Address: Research Center for Group Dynamics
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
Phone: 734-647-6785

Dyadic Data Analysis

A major area of interest throughout my professional career has been exploring methods for analyzing dyadic data.  Most statistical analyses assume independence over people, though some analyses permit associations over variables (multivariate analyses) or associations over time (longitudinal analyses).  I believe that a major part of understanding social behavior involves how people influence each other. So, data will tend not to be independent over people and the nature of the nonindependence is informative about the underlying social behavior.

The methodological work in this area has been with Dale Griffin. The empirical applications of this methods work has been with many colleagues, but the majority of the papers involve my collaboration with Brenda Volling.  Brenda and I have examined the many combinations of dyads and triads in families of four: two parents, an older sibling and a younger sibling.  Much of our data analysis involve the transition from families moving from one child to two. This is a change from more typical work one sees on only two parents or one parent/one child.