Analyzing human random generation behavior:a review of methods used and a computer program for describing performance

Towse, John N. and Neil, Derek (1998) Analyzing human random generation behavior:a review of methods used and a computer program for describing performance. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 30 (4). pp. 583-591. ISSN 0743-3808

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Abstract

In this paper, we consider the different methods that have been developed to quantify random generation behavior and incorporate these measurement scales into a Windows95 computer program called RgCalc. RgCalc analyzes the quality of human attempts at random generation and can provide computer-generated, pseudorandom sequences for comparison. The program is designed to be appropriate for the analysis of various types of random generation situations employed in the psychological literature. The different algorithms for the evaluation of a dataset are detailed and an outline of the program is described. Performance measures are available for assessing various aspects of the response distribution, the sequencing of pairs, the ordinal relationships between sets of items, and the tendency to repeat alternatives over different lengths. A factor analysis is used to illustrate the multiple dimensions underlying human randomization processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 84261
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2017 15:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 02:54
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/84261

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