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Elementary Signal Detection Theory / Edition 1

Elementary Signal Detection Theory / Edition 1

by Thomas D. Wickens
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Signal detection theory, as developed in electrical engineering and based on statistical decision theory, was first applied to human sensory discrimination about 40 years ago. The theory's intent was to explain how humans discriminate and how we might use reliable measures to quantify this ability. An interesting finding of this work is that decisions are involved even in the simplest of discrimination tasks—say, determining whether or not a sound has been heard (a yes-no decision). Detection theory has been applied to a host of varied problems (for example, measuring the accuracy of diagnostic systems, survey research, reliability of lie detection tests) and extends far beyond the detection of signals. This book is a primer on signal detection theory, useful for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195092509
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas D. Wickens is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

1. The signal-detection model
2. The equal-variance Gaussian model
3. Operating characteristics and the Gaussian model
4. Measures of detection performance
5. Confidence ratings
6. Forced-choice procedures
7. Discrimination and identification
8. Finite-state models
9. Likelihoods and likelihood ratios
10. Multidimensional stimuli
11. Statistical treatment
Appendix A summary of probability theory

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