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John A. Swets (born 1928) is a psychologist. He has played a key role in adaptation of signal detection theory to first the psychology of perception[1][2] and later as a central tool in medical diagnostics.[3]


In 1985 he was, along with David M. Green awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from thee Society of Experimental Psychologists In 1990 he received the APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology

References Edit

  1. Swets,J.A. (1964) Signal detection and recognition by human observers. Contemporary readings. Wiley, New York.
  2. Green,D.M. & Swets, J. A. (1966) Signal detection theory and psychophysics. Wiley, New York.
  3. Swets,J.A. (1996) Signal detection theory and ROC analysis in psychology and diagnostics. Collected papers. Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Further reading Edit

  • John A. Swets: Tulips to Thresholds. Peninsula Publishing, Los Altos Hills, California. 2010.

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