Accession Number : AD0784386

Title :   Estimates of Utility Function Parameters from Signal Detection Experiments.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : COLUMBIA UNIV NEW YORK PSYCHOPHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Jacobs,Diana E. ; Galanter,Eugene

Report Date : 01 AUG 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A theory is developed to estimate the slope parameter of a presumed power law utility function from an analysis of data from a psychophysical signal detection experiment. The theory can be applied to data analyzed either by the classical theory of signal detectability or by a choice theory of detection. An experiment is described to test the consequences of the theory. The estimated parameter of the utility function is similar to the parameter obtained by magnitude estimation techniques. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Psychophysics, *Ratings, Theory, Scale, Estimates, Psychological tests, Acoustic signals, Detection, Test methods, Parameters

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE