John A. Swets

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

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]


  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 reading[edit]

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