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Symmetry and its Discontents

Essays on the History of Inductive Probability

Symmetry and its Discontents by S. L. Zabell
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This volume brings together a collection of essays on the history and philosophy of probability and statistics by one of the eminent scholars in these subjects. Written over the last fifteen years, they fall into three broad categories. The first deals with the use of symmetry arguments in inductive probability, in particular, their use in deriving rules of succession (Carnap's 'continuum of inductive methods'). The second group deals with four outstanding individuals who made lasting contributions to probability and statistics in very different ways: Frank Ramsey, R. A. Fisher, Alan Turing, and Abraham de Moivre. The last group of essays deals with the problem of 'predicting the unpredictable' - making predictions when the range of possible outcomes is unknown in advance. The essays weave together the history and philosophy of these subjects and document the fascination that they have exercised for more than three centuries.
Cambridge University Press; June 2005
293 pages; ISBN 9780511123580
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Title: Symmetry and its Discontents
Author: S. L. Zabell
 
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0511123582
9780511123580
9780521444705