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Vasudevan on Judy Benjamin

McCutcheon, Randall G. (2019) Vasudevan on Judy Benjamin. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Anubav Vasudevan characterized van Fraassen's ``Infomin'' solution to the Judy Benjamin Problem (i.e. the solution by way of minimizing the Kullback-Leibler divergence between the posterior and prior) as an implementation of a ``brand of epistemic charity" taking ``the form of an assumption on the part of Judy Benjamin that her informant's evidential report leaves out no relevant information". After an analysis of the example that led Vasudevan to this way of thinking about Infomin, as well as of a new one that supports the rival position of Douven and Romeijn in favor of minimizing the inverse Kullback-Leibler divergence between the posterior and the prior, we come to a different and more enlightening characterization of Infomin's implicit assumptions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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McCutcheon, Randall G.rmcctchn@memphis.edu0000-0002-5305-3662
Keywords: Conditionalization, Infomin, Kullback-Leibler divergence, Judy Benjamin Problem, Reflection Principle
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Randall G. McCutcheon
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2019 14:19
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2019 14:19
Item ID: 15916
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 17 April 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15916

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