In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt speaks with Dr. Simon Gadbois to talk about signal detection theory and his conservation work.
Discussed in this Podcast:
- Dr. Gadbois and his work in Nova Scotia
- What is signal detection theory?
- Signal detection theory is a means to measure the ability to differentiate between information-bearing patterns and random patterns that distract from the information.
- It has been around for a long time
- Mostly used for physical stimuli vs olfactory stimuli
- It wouldn’t be useful for clear distinctions or errorless data
- However, signal detection theory needs a clear yes or a clear no
- What’s the potential problem with proportion or percentage correct data as performance?
- What’s the problem with our basic lineup for training and testing detection dogs as it relates to SDT?
- How can trainers at home put this to use with their dogs?
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Where to find Dr. Gadbois:
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