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ERIC Number: EJ906135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Rate, Probability and Matching: Comments on "The Identities Hidden in the Matching Laws, and Their Uses" by David Thorne
Rachlin, Howard; Locey, Matthew L.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v94 n3 p365-367 Nov 2010
David Thorne's (2010) article, "The Identities Hidden In The Matching Laws, And Their Uses" performs a valuable service in pointing out alternative expressions of matching. However, some identities tend to obscure rather than illuminate empirical relationships. Three such problematic instances are discussed: interresponse time as a function of interval and ratio schedule parameters; probability equality as implying rate matching; the apparent simplicity of probabilistic functions, as opposed to response rate functions, of reinforcement rate. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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