Mission SMAF—Bringing Scientific Precision Into Animal Training
This is the SMAF manual, latest update. The SMAF manual is in a way a super concentrated course in animal learning. This is only a booklet, but it will take you time to read and digest. Don’t rush thru it.
We update this manual regularly, sometimes even daily. Come back often to check if there are any new updates. Each manual has a version number (v.YYMMDD).
Changes in this version v.120302:
- Updated and improved syntax with some new symbols.
- Updated examples of how to transcribe the teaching of skills in SMAF.
- New Chapter 4 “Quick guide to designing a POA in SMAF.”
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Changes in version v.111023:
- Definition of command with example, page 10: “While a signal is everything that intentionally changes the behavior of the receiver, a cue is everything that unintentionally changes the behavior of the receiver. A command is a signal that changes the behavior of the receiver in a specific way with no variations or only extremely minor variations.”
- SMAF syntax corrected, page 22: “25.2. Example 1: Sit,sound + Sit,hand + γSit,treat ⇒ The dog sits ⇒ “!+sound” + “!-food”.” (The second ⇒ was missing).
- Minor typos corrected.
Changes in version v.111017:
- Semi-conditioned reinforcers have their own code.
- Non-SD has its own code.
- New code for reinforcers and punishers.
- Signal and cue slightly redefined.
- A new POA example (POA example 3).
- New photos.