- The evidence used by the observer to make the decision can be represented by a single continous number \(x\) (Gold & Shadlen, 2007; Green & Swets, 1966; Swets, 1961).
- Examples:
- Ouput of a neuron

- Examples:
\(x\) is a sample from a random variable \(X \in \mathcal{X}\) (Gold & Shadlen, 2007; Green & Swets, 1966).

The decision rule \(d \in \mathcal{D}\) to choose and action \(a \in \mathcal{A}\) is established by using a simple criterium \(\beta\) on a decision variable \(W(x)\) (Gold & Shadlen, 2007; Green & Swets, 1966; Wickens, 2001).

\(W(x)=\Lambda(x)\) for simple hypothesis tests. (Gold & Shadlen, 2007; Green & Swets, 1966; Kay, 1998; Wickens, 2001). This decision rule has good properties even when \(\beta\) iss not choose to produce optimal performance.

- No probalistic computation: the observer does not have access to the representation of uncertainty on a trial-by-trial basis (Ma, 2012).

Given an particular SDT model, some estimated parameters should be consistent across tasks should be consistent (Green & Swets, 1966; Wickens, 2001).

- For example under the equal variance normal model, \(\widehat{d'}\) should be the same independently on whether the task is Yes-No, Rating or 2AFC.

Given an particular SDT model, some estimated parameters should be aproximately constant while the otherss vary (Green & Swets, 1966; Wickens, 2001).

- For example under the equal variance normal model, \(\widehat{d'}\) should be the same independently on \(p_{FA}\) (Green & Swets, 1966; Wickens, 2001) .

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