Optimal choice.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present a classification and theoretical analysis of discrete-trial and free-operant choice procedures in which reinforcement is assigned to one alternative only, or independently to both, is either always available or conditionally available, and is either "held" or not from trial to trial. Momentary-maximizing and (globally) optimal choice sequences are defined in terms of initializing and marker events. Free-operant choice is analyzed in terms of a clock space whose axes are the times since the last A and B choices. The analysis shows that most molar matching data are derivable from momentary maximizing, and that the momentary-maximizing hypothesis has not been adequately tested in either discrete-trial or free-operant situations.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staddon, JE; Hinson, JM; Kram, R

Published Date

  • May 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 397 - 412

PubMed ID

  • 16812224

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1333092

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-3711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1901/jeab.1981.35-397


  • eng