Modeling Psychophysical Data in R

Many of the commonly used methods for modeling and fitting psychophysical data are special cases of statistical procedures of great power and generality, notably the Generalized Linear Model (GLM). This book illustrates how to fit data from a variety of p

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Kenneth Knoblauch • Laurence T. Maloney

Modeling Psychophysical Data in R


Kenneth Knoblauch Department of Integrative Neurosciences Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute INSERM U846 18 avenue du Doyen Lépine Bron, France Series Editors: Robert Gentleman Program in Computational Biology Division of Public Health Sciences Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 1100 Fairview Ave. N, M2-B876 Seattle, Washington 98109-1024 USA

Laurence T. Maloney Department of Psychology Center for Neural Science New York University 6 Washington Place, 2nd Floor New York, USA

Kurt Hornik Department für Statistik und Mathematik Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Augasse 2-6 A-1090 Wien, Austria

Giovanni G. Parmigiani The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University 550 North Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205-2011 USA

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This book is about modeling psychophysical data with modern statistical methods using the software language R [