Matching, maximizing, and hill-climbing.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In simple situations, animals consistently choose the better of two alternatives. On concurrent variable-interval variable-interval and variable-interval variable-ratio schedules, they approximately match aggregate choice and reinforcement ratios. The matching law attempts to explain the latter result but does not address the former. Hill-climbing rules such as momentary maximizing can account for both. We show that momentary maximizing constrains molar choice to approximate matching; that molar choice covaries with pigeons' momentary-maximizing estimate; and that the "generalized matching law" follows from almost any hill-climbing rule.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hinson, JM; Staddon, JE

Published Date

  • November 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 331

PubMed ID

  • 16812350

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1347942

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-3711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1901/jeab.1983.40-321


  • eng