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Hypothesis Competition beyond Mutual Exclusivity

Schupbach, Jonah N. and Glass, David H. (2017) Hypothesis Competition beyond Mutual Exclusivity. Philosophy of Science, 84 (5). ?-?. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Competition between scientific hypotheses is not always a matter of mutual exclusivity. Consistent hypotheses can compete to varying degrees either directly or indirectly via a body of evidence. We motivate and defend a particular account of hypothesis competition by showing how it captures these features. Computer simulations of Bayesian inference are used to highlight the limitations of adopting mutual exclusivity as a simplifying assumption to model scientific reasoning, particularly due to the exclusion of hypotheses that may be true. We end with a case study demonstrating the subtleties involved in hypothesis competition in scientific practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Competition, Bayesian inference, scientific reasoning, computer simulations
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ID Code:38347
Deposited By: Dr David Glass
Deposited On:10 Jul 2017 09:01
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:30

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