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The theory of random propositions

Norton, JD (1994) The theory of random propositions. Erkenntnis, 41 (3). 325 - 352. ISSN 0165-0106

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The theory of random propositions is a theory of confirmation that contains the Bayesian and Shafer-Dempster theories as special cases, while extending both in ways that resolve many of their outstanding problems. The theory resolves the Bayesian "problem of the priors" and provides an extension of Dempster's rule of combination for partially dependent evidence. The standard probability calculus can be generated from the calculus of frequencies among infinite sequences of outcomes. The theory of random propositions is generated analogously from the calculus of frequencies among pairs of infinite sequences of suitably generalized outcomes and in a way that precludes the inclusion of contrived or ad hoc elements. The theory is also formulated as an uninterpreted calculus. © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1 November 1994
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Erkenntnis
Volume: 41
Number: 3
Page Range: 325 - 352
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/bf01130758
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0165-0106
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 22:12
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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