Updating, Supposing, and MAXENT

Brian Skyrms

in From Zeno to Arbitrage

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652808
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745829 | DOI:
Updating, Supposing, and MAXENT

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Is minimizing the Kullback-Leibler divergence subject to a constraint a rule of inductive inference, as some have proposed. This chapter suggests that it is better seen as a method for counterfactual supposition.

Keywords: Bayesian Updating; counterfactual supposition; MAXENT; Kullback-Leibler divergence

Chapter.  7406 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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