Variable-ratio schedules as variable-interval schedules with linear feedback loops.

@article{McDowell1986VariableratioSA,
  title={Variable-ratio schedules as variable-interval schedules with linear feedback loops.},
  author={J. J. McDowell and John T. Wixted},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  year={1986},
  volume={46 3},
  pages={315-29}
}
The mathematical theory of linear systems has been used successfully to describe responding on variable-interval (VI) schedules. In the simplest extension of the theory to the variable-ratio (VR) case, VR schedules are treated as if they were VI schedules with linear feedback loops. The assumption entailed by this approach, namely, that VR and VI-plus-linear-feedback schedules are equivalent, was tested by comparing responding on the two types of schedule. Four human subjects' lever pressing… CONTINUE READING

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