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John A. Swets

John A. Swets (born 1928) was a psychologist. He had played a key role in adaptation of signal detection theory to first the psychology of perception[2][3] and later as a central tool in medical diagnostics.[4]

John Arthur Swets
Born (1928-07-19)July 19, 1928[1]
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died 6 July 2016(2016-07-06) (aged 87)[1]
Known for Signal detection theory
Receiver Operating Characteristic
Awards Howard Crosby Warren Medal (1985), with David M. Green
APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (1990)
Scientific career
Fields Psychology
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BBN Technologies


  1. ^ a b "John Swets". Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Swets,J.A. (1964) Signal detection and recognition by human observers. Contemporary readings. Wiley, New York.
  3. ^ Green,D.M. & Swets, J. A. (1966) Signal detection theory and psychophysics. Wiley, New York.
  4. ^ Swets,J.A. (1996) Signal detection theory and ROC analysis in psychology and diagnostics. Collected papers. Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Further readingEdit

  • John A. Swets: Tulips to Thresholds. Peninsula Publishing, Los Altos Hills, California. 2010.