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John A. Swets

John A. Swets (19 July 1928 – 6 July 2016) was a psychologist. He played a key role in the adaptation of signal detection theory first to the psychology of perception[2][3] and later as a central tool in medical diagnostics.[4] He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[1]

John Arthur Swets
Born(1928-07-19)July 19, 1928[1]
Died6 July 2016(2016-07-06) (aged 87)[1]
Known forSignal detection theory
Receiver Operating Characteristic
AwardsHoward Crosby Warren Medal (1985), with David M. Green
APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (1990)
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
BBN Technologies


  1. ^ a b c "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.