Feasibility of interleaved Bayesian adaptive procedures in estimating the equal-loudness contour

A Bayesian adaptive procedure, the interleaved-equal-loudness contour (IELC) procedure, was developed to improve the efficiency in estimating the equal-loudness contour. Experiment 1 evaluated the test-retest reliability of the IELC procedure using six naive normal-hearing listeners. Two IELC runs of 200 trials were conducted and excellent test-retest reliability was found at both the group and individual levels. Using the same group of listeners, Experiment 2 compared the IELC procedure to two other procedures that required frequency-by-frequency testing. One of these procedures was the commonly adopted interleaved staircase (ISC) procedure from Jesteadt [(1980). Atten. Percept. Psychophys. 28, 85-88]. The other procedure, the interleaved maximum-likelihood (IML) procedure, was a modification of the updated maximum-likelihood procedure [Shen and Richards (2012). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132, 957-967]. For each of the ISC and IML procedures, two runs of approximately 500 trials were conducted, followed by one additional IELC run. The test-retest reliability of the IELC procedure was comparable to that of the ISC and IML procedure. The accuracies of all three procedures measured in Experiment 2 were similar, which was superior to the accuracies of the IELC runs from Experiment 1, indicating a potential training effect.

Publication Date:
Oct 24 2018
Date Submitted:
Jun 28 2019
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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