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Rationality postulates for induction

Peter Flach, Rationality postulates for induction. Rationality and Knowledge: Proceedings of the Sixth Conference (TARK 1996). ISBN 1-55860-417-0, pp. 267–281. March 1996. PDF, 49 Kbytes.

Abstract

I study the process of inductive hypothesis formation from two perspectives: finding general rules that explain given specific evidence, and finding general rules that are confirmed by the evidence. Both forms of hypothesis formation are axiomatised on the metalevel of consequence relations, which provides us with a set of rationality postulates for various forms of induction.

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