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New Probability Models and Their Logic

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Quantum Mechanics

Published in print September 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239802
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239807.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 New Probability Models and Their Logic

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No common cause model can fit the phenomena that violate Bell's Inequalities; what sorts of probability models could do so? To answer this, we need to broaden our concept of statistical or probability models, while not broadening it so much as to trivialize it. Introduced here are the distinctions between a surface (phenomenal) model and a theoretical model, and between the general class of geometric probability models and their subclass of quantum theoretical models, together with some elements of quantum logic, and the basic use of probability models to represent measurement situations.

Keywords: Bell's Inequalities; geometric probability; measurement; probability model; quantum logic; surface model; theoretical model

Chapter.  11129 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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