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Probability in Classical Population Genetics

Gildenhuys, Peter (2014) Probability in Classical Population Genetics. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The reason why population genetics is a probabilistic theory has attracted considerable attention from philosophers. In what follows, I offer a novel account of what motivates the introduction of probabilities into classical population genetics. Probabilities make the theory easier to apply for researchers given their epistemic limitations and give the theory a recursive structure, thereby making possible inferences about the dynamics of systems over multiple generations. I argue that probabilities in population genetics can be given a credentist interpretation according to which the probabilities reflect constraints on confidence or belief.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Gildenhuys, Peter
Keywords: population genetics, probability, evolution, determinism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Peter Gildenhuys
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 13:57
Item ID: 10585
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10585

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