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Psychometrika

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 251–260 | Cite as

Models for choice-reaction time

  • Mervyn Stone
Article

Abstract

In the two-choice situation, the Wald sequential probability ratio decision procedure is applied to relate the mean and variance of the decision times, for each alternative separately, to the error rates and the ratio of the frequencies of presentation of the alternatives. For situations involving more than two choices, a fixed sample decision procedure (selection of the alternative with highest likelihood) is examined, and the relation is found between the decision time (or size of sample), the error rate, and the number of alternatives.

Keywords

Error Rate Public Policy Statistical Theory High Likelihood Decision Procedure 
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© Psychometric Society 1960

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mervyn Stone
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Research CouncilApplied Psychology Research UnitCambridgeEngland

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