Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 307–330 | Cite as

Systems factorial technology with R

  • Joseph W. Houpt
  • Leslie M. Blaha
  • John P. McIntire
  • Paul R. Havig
  • James T. Townsend
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Abstract

Systems factorial technology (SFT) comprises a set of powerful nonparametric models and measures, together with a theory-driven experiment methodology termed the double factorial paradigm (DFP), for assessing the cognitive information-processing mechanisms supporting the processing of multiple sources of information in a given task (Townsend and Nozawa, Journal of Mathematical Psychology 39:321–360, 1995). We provide an overview of the model-based measures of SFT, together with a tutorial on designing a DFP experiment to take advantage of all SFT measures in a single experiment. Illustrative examples are given to highlight the breadth of applicability of these techniques across psychology. We further introduce and demonstrate a new package for performing SFT analyses using R for statistical computing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph W. Houpt
    • 1
  • Leslie M. Blaha
    • 2
  • John P. McIntire
    • 2
  • Paul R. Havig
    • 2
  • James T. Townsend
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWright State UniversityDaytonUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force BaseWright-Patterson AFBUSA
  3. 3.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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