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dc.contributor.authorPoling, Alan
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Timothy L.
dc.contributor.authorWeeden, Marc A.
dc.contributor.authorFoster, T. Mary
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-28T02:57:24Z
dc.date.available2011-07-28T02:57:24Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationPoling, A., Edwards, T.L., Weeden, M. & Foster, T.M. (2011). The matching law. Psychological Record, 61(2), 313-322.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/5529
dc.description.abstractThis article introduces the quantitative analysis of choice behavior by describing a number of equations developed over the years to describe the relation between the allocation of behavior under concurrent schedules of reinforcement and the consequences received for alternative responses. Direct proportionality between rate of responding and rate of reinforcement was observed in early studies, suggesting that behavioral output matched environmental input in a mathematical sense. This relation is termed "strict matching," and the equation that describes it is referred to as "the matching law." Later data showed systematic departures from strict matching, and a generalized version of the matching equation is now used to describe such data. This equation, referred to as "the generalized matching equation," also describes data that follow strict matching. It has become convention to refer to either of these equations as "the matching law." Empirical support for the matching law is briefly summarized, as is the applied and practical significance of matching analyses.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSouthern Illinois Universityen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://thepsychologicalrecord.siuc.edu/index.htmlen_NZ
dc.rightsThis article has been published in the journal: Psychological Record. © 2011 Psychological Record. Used with permission.en_NZ
dc.subjectconcurrent schedule of reinforcementen_NZ
dc.subjectgeneralized matching lawen_NZ
dc.subjectmatching equationen_NZ
dc.subjectmatching lawen_NZ
dc.titleThe matching lawen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfThe Psychological Recorden_NZ
pubs.begin-page313en_NZ
pubs.elements-id36052
pubs.end-page322en_NZ
pubs.issue2en_NZ
pubs.volume61en_NZ


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