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Confirmation via Analogue Simulation: A Bayesian Analysis

Dardashti, Radin and Hartmann, Stephan and Thebault, Karim P Y and Winsberg, Eric (2015) Confirmation via Analogue Simulation: A Bayesian Analysis. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Analogue simulation is a novel mode of scientific inference found increasingly within modern physics, and yet all but neglected in the philosophical literature. Experiments conducted upon a table-top ‘source system’ are taken to provide insight into features of an inaccessible ‘target system’, based upon a syntactic isomorphism between the relevant modelling frameworks. An important example is the use of acoustic ‘dumb hole’ systems to simulate gravitational black holes. In a recent paper it was argued that there exists circumstances in which confirmation via analogue simulation can obtain; in particular when the robustness of the isomorphism is established via universality arguments. The current paper supports these claims via an analysis in terms of Bayesian confirmation theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Dardashti, RadinRadin.Dardashti@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Hartmann, StephanS.Hartmann@lmu.de
Thebault, Karim P Ykarim.thebault@gmail.com
Winsberg, Ericeric.winsberg@gmail.com
Keywords: Simulation, Analogue Reasoning, Models, Confirmation, Black Holes, Hawking Radiation
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Radin Dardashti
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2016 13:56
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 13:56
Item ID: 12221
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 27 December 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12221

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