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Incidence Calculus: A Mechanism for Probabilistic Reasoning

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Automated Reasoning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985


Mechanisms for the automation of uncertainty are required for expert systems. Sometimes these mechanisms need to obey the properties of probabilistic reasoning. We argue that a purely numeric mechanism, like those proposed so far, cannot provide a probabilistic logic with truth functional connec- tives. We propose an alternative mechanism, Incidence Calculus, which is based on a representation of uncertainty using sets of points, which might represent situations models or possible worlds. Incidence Calculus does provide a probabilistic logic with truth functional connectives.

    Research areas

  • Incidence Calculus, probability, uncertainty, logic, expert systems, inference

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