A new upper bound is derived on the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the ideal observer in a signal-detection task. This upper bound is determined by the values of the likelihood-generating function and its second derivative at the origin. This bound is compared with other bounds on ideal-observer performance that have been derived recently, and it is also shown how this bound leads to some asymptotic results for approximations to ideal-observer performance.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 13, 2002
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2002
Published: October 1, 2002
Eric Clarkson, "Bounds on the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the ideal observer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1963-1968 (2002)