Signal detection theory, uncertainty, and Poisson-like population codes

@article{Ma2010SignalDT,
  title={Signal detection theory, uncertainty, and Poisson-like population codes},
  author={Wei Ji Ma},
  journal={Vision Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={50},
  pages={2308-2319}
}
The juxtaposition of established signal detection theory models of perception and more recent claims about the encoding of uncertainty in perception is a rich source of confusion. Are the latter simply a rehash of the former? Here, we make an attempt to distinguish precisely between optimal and probabilistic computation. In optimal computation, the observer minimizes the expected cost under a posterior probability distribution. In probabilistic computation, the observer uses higher moments of… CONTINUE READING
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