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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2000
  • pp: 2101–2104

Derivation of a detectability index for correlated responses in multiple-alternative forced-choice experiments

Craig K. Abbey and Miguel P. Eckstein  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 2101-2104 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.17.002101


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Abstract

In a recent paper [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 206 (2000)], a modified detectability index, dr, was proposed to accommodate correlations between internal responses in multiple-alternative forced-choice (MAFC) experiments. The derivation given in that work pertained only to two-alternative forced choice, although it was shown empirically that the result held for general MAFC tasks when the correlation between responses is constant. Here we present a rigorous derivation that shows that the dr result generalizes to MAFC tasks in this case.

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OCIS Codes
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(330.1880) Vision, color, and visual optics : Detection
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

History
Original Manuscript: April 10, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2000
Published: November 1, 2000

Citation
Craig K. Abbey and Miguel P. Eckstein, "Derivation of a detectability index for correlated responses in multiple-alternative forced-choice experiments," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2101-2104 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-17-11-2101


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