Study on psychometric function in forced-choice experiments

Tao Luo, Xuanqin Mou, Hao Yan

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A maximum likelihood estimation method is presented to evaluate the observers' performance in visual detection tasks. The percent of correct detection is obtained as a function of visual stimulus through forced-choice experiments. Effective experimental data is selected via deviance analysis. The maximum likelihood estimation with some constraints is employed to fit the psychometric function. The psychometric functions with two and four choices experiments are established respectively, and the stimulus area covers the range from 100 to 400 square millimeters. The mean square error of the fitting is about 0.05 and the R-square is around 0.9. The maximum error of the psychometric functions between two observers is 0.0466. The results show that maximum likelihood estimation achieves a higher accuracy than the least squares nonlinear regression does.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalHsi-An Chiao Tung Ta Hsueh/Journal of Xi'an Jiaotong University
Volume44
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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Maximum likelihood estimation
Psychometrics
Experiments
Least-Squares Analysis
Mean square error

Keywords

  • Forced-choice experiment
  • Maximum likelihood estimation
  • Psychometric function

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  • Engineering(all)

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Study on psychometric function in forced-choice experiments. / Luo, Tao; Mou, Xuanqin; Yan, Hao.

In: Hsi-An Chiao Tung Ta Hsueh/Journal of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Vol. 44, No. 6, 06.2010, p. 104-108.

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