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Law of effect models and choice between many alternatives

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Abstract


  • Data from five experiments on choice between more than two variable-interval schedules were modeled

    with different equations for the Law of Effect. Navakatikyan’s (2007) component-functions models with

    three, four and five free parameters were compared with Stevens’ (1957), Herrnstein’s (1970) and Davison

    and Hunter’s (1976) equations. These latter models are consistent with the generalized-matching

    principle, whereas Navakatikyan’s models are not. Navakatikyan’s models performed better or on par with

    their competitors, especially in predicting residence-time data and generalized-matching sensitivities for

    time allocation. The models described well an observed decrease, in several of these data sets, in

    generalized-matching sensitivity between two alternatives when reinforcer rate increased on the other

    alternatives. Models built on the generalized-matching principle cannot do this. Navakatikyan’s models also

    performed better, though to a lesser extent, than their competitors for data sets that are not obviously

    inconsistent with generalized matching.

UOW Authors


  •   Navakatikyan, Michael
  •   Murrell, Paul (external author)
  •   Bensemann, Joshua (external author)
  •   Davison, Michael (external author)
  •   Elliffe, Douglas (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • M. Alexander. Navakatikyan, P. Murrell, J. Bensemann, M. Davison & D. Elliffe, "Law of effect models and choice between many alternatives", Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 100 2 (2013) 222-256.

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  • 2-s2.0-84884590779

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1225&context=ahsri

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/218

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Number Of Pages


  • 34

Start Page


  • 222

End Page


  • 256

Volume


  • 100

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Data from five experiments on choice between more than two variable-interval schedules were modeled

    with different equations for the Law of Effect. Navakatikyan’s (2007) component-functions models with

    three, four and five free parameters were compared with Stevens’ (1957), Herrnstein’s (1970) and Davison

    and Hunter’s (1976) equations. These latter models are consistent with the generalized-matching

    principle, whereas Navakatikyan’s models are not. Navakatikyan’s models performed better or on par with

    their competitors, especially in predicting residence-time data and generalized-matching sensitivities for

    time allocation. The models described well an observed decrease, in several of these data sets, in

    generalized-matching sensitivity between two alternatives when reinforcer rate increased on the other

    alternatives. Models built on the generalized-matching principle cannot do this. Navakatikyan’s models also

    performed better, though to a lesser extent, than their competitors for data sets that are not obviously

    inconsistent with generalized matching.

UOW Authors


  •   Navakatikyan, Michael
  •   Murrell, Paul (external author)
  •   Bensemann, Joshua (external author)
  •   Davison, Michael (external author)
  •   Elliffe, Douglas (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • M. Alexander. Navakatikyan, P. Murrell, J. Bensemann, M. Davison & D. Elliffe, "Law of effect models and choice between many alternatives", Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 100 2 (2013) 222-256.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84884590779

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1225&context=ahsri

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/218

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 34

Start Page


  • 222

End Page


  • 256

Volume


  • 100

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States