Clintin P. Davis-Stober

Clintin P. Davis-Stober
Associate Professor
219 McAlester Hall
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Research Interests: 

I conduct research within the emerging field of behavioral decision-making. My primary research topic is the development and evaluation of mathematical models of individual and group decision-making. My recent work examines how individuals integrate multiple pieces of information when making a decision and the rationality of various decision strategies. I am also interested in evaluating the performance of various decision rules in the context of the linear model.


Dr. Clintin Davis-Stober is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. He holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Awards

  • William K. Estes Early Career Award, Society for Mathematical Psychology
  • Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Missouri
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics

Editorial Appointments

  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Mathematical Psychology
  • Consulting Editor, Judgment and Decision Making
  • Consulting Editor, Decision
Selected Publications: 

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., & Rouder, J. (submitted). When are sample means meaningful? The role of modern estimation in psychological science.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Kellen, D., & Segert, S. (submitted).  Comment on Regenwetter and Robinson (2017): Probabilistic error-free models are also subject to logical fallacies.

Cavagnaro, D. R., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (submitted). A model-based test for treatment effects with probabilistic classifications.

Smeulders, B., Davis-Stober, C. P., Regenwetter, M., & Spieksma, F. C. R. (submitted). Testing probabilistic models of choice using column generation.

McCausland, W. J., Davis-Stober, C. P., Marley, A. A. J., Park, S., & Brown, N. (submitted). Testing the random utility hypothesis directly.

Davis-Stober, C. P., McCarthy, D., Cavagnaro, D. R., Price, M., Brown, N., & Park, S. (submitted). Is cognitive impairment related to violations of rationality? An alcohol intoxication study testing transitivity of preference.

Regenwetter, M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (in press). The role of independence and stationarity in probabilistic models of binary choice. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Kellen, D., Mata, R., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (in press). Individual classification of strong risk attitudes: An application across lottery types and age groups. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Brown, N., Park, S., Steinley, D., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (in press). Modeling between-subject variability in decision strategies via statistical clustering: A p-median approach. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Brown, N., Park, S., & Regenwetter, M. (2017). Recasting a biologically motivated computational model within a Fechnerian and random utility framework.  Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 11, 156-164.

Marley, A. A. J., Davis-Stober, C. P., & Steingrimsson, R. (2016). Editors' forward for the special issue in honor of R. Duncan Luce. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 75, 1-2.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Park, S., Brown, N., & Regenwetter, M. (2016). Reported violations of rationality may be aggregation artifacts.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, E4761-E4763.

Tierney, W., et al. (82 authors). (2016). Data from a pre-publication independent replication initiative examining ten moral judgement effects. Scientific Data, 3, article number: 160082.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Morey, R. D., Gretton, M., & Heathcote, A. (2016). Bayes factors for state-trace analysis. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 72, 116-129.

Schweinsburg, M., et al. (81 authors). (2016). The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory's research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 66, 55-67.

Dana, J., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2016). Rational foundations for fast and frugal heuristics: An improper linear models approach. Minds and Machines, 26, 61-86.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Doignon, J.-P., & Suck, R. (2015). A note on the eigensystem of the covariance matrix of dichotomous Guttman items. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1767.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Budescu, D. V., Dana, J., & Broomell, S. B. (2015). The composition of optimally wise crowds. Decision Analysis, 12, 130-143.

Brown, N., Davis-Stober, C. P., & Regenwetter, M. (2015). From descriptive indices of intransitivity to quantitative assessments: A commentary on Kalenscher et al. (2010). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 509.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Brown, N., & Cavagnaro, D. R. (2015). Individual differences in the algebraic structure of preference. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 66, 70-82.

Cavagnaro, D.R., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2014). Transitive in our preferences, but transitive in different ways: An analysis of choice variability. Decision, 1, 102-122.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Budescu, D. V., Dana, J., & Broomell, S. B. (2014). When is a crowd wise? Decision, 1, 79-101.

Davis-Stober, C. P., & Dana, J. (2014). Comparing the accuracy of experimental estimates to guessing: A new perspective on replication and the "crisis of confidence" in psychology. Behavior Research Methods, 46, 1-14. code1, code2. Awarded a Clifford T. Morgan Best Article Award from the Psychonomic Society.

Regenwetter, M., Davis-Stober, C. P., Lim, S. H., Guo, Y., Popova, A., Zwilling, C., Cha, Y.-C., & Messner, W. (2014). QTEST: Quantitative Testing of theories of binary choice. Decision, 1, 2-34.

Davis-Stober, C. P., & Brown, N. (2013). Evaluating decision maker "type" under p-additive utility representations. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 57, 320-328.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2012). A lexicographic semiorder polytope and probabilistic representations of choice. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 56, 86-94.

Regenwetter, M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2012). Choice variability versus structural inconsistency of preferences. Psychological Review, 119, 408-416.

Davis-Stober, C. P., & Brown, N. (2011). A shift in strategy or "error"? Strategy classification over multiple stochastic specifications. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 800-813.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2011). A geometric analysis of when fixed weighting schemes will outperform ordinary least squares. Psychometrika, 76, 650-669.

Regenwetter, M., Dana, J., Davis-Stober, C. P., & Guo, Y. (2011). Parsimonious testing of transitive or intransitive preferences: Reply to Birnbaum (2011). Psychological Review, 118, 684-688.

Regenwetter, M., Dana, J., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2011). Transitivity of preferences. Psychological Review, 118, 42-56. Awarded the inaugural Exeter Prize for Research in Experimental Economics, Decision Theory and Behavioral Economics.

Regenwetter, M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2011). Ternary paired comparisons induced by semi- or interval order preferences. In E. Dzhafarov, L. Perry (Eds.), Descriptive and normative approaches to human behavior. World Scientific.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2010). A bijection between a set of lexicographic semiorders and pairs of non-crossing Dyck paths. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 54, 471-474.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., & Budescu, D. V. (2010). Why recognition is rational: Optimality results on single-variable decision rules. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 216-229.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., & Budescu, D. V. (2010). A constrained linear estimator for multiple regression. Psychometrika, 75, 521-541.

Regenwetter, M., Dana, J., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2010). Testing transitivity of preferences on two-alternative forced choice data. Frontiers in Psychology, 1, 148.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2009). Multinomial models under linear inequality constraints: Applications to measurement theory. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53, 1-13. Awarded the R. Duncan Luce Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

Regenwetter, M., Grofman, B., Popova, A., Messner, W., Davis-Stober, C. P., & Cavagnaro, D. R. (2009). Behavioral social choice: A status report. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, 364, 833-843.

Regenwetter, M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2008). There are many models of transitive preference: A tutorial review and current perspective. In T. Kugler, J. C. Smith, T. Connolly, and Y. J. Son (Eds.), Decision modeling and behavior in uncertain and complex environments. New York: Springer.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2008). Review of the book: The mathematics of behavior. Psychometrika, 73, 341.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Broomell, S., & Lorenz, F. (2006). Review of the book: Exploratory data analysis with Matlab. Psychometrika, 71, 107-108.

Rueda, M. R., Posner, M. I., Rothbart, M. K., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2004). Development of the time course for processing conflict: An event-related potentials study with 4 year olds and adults. BioMed Central Neuroscience, 5, 39.