Probability and time symmetry in classical Markov processes.
Definitions of time symmetry and examples of time-directed behaviour are discussed in the framework of discrete Markov processes. It is argued that typical examples of time-directed behaviour can be described using time-symmetric transition probabilities. Some current arguments in favour of a distinction between past and future on the basis of probabilistic considerations are thereby judged to be unjustified.
||Submitted for publication in M. Suárez (ed.), Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics (Springer, Synthese Library).
||probability, time symmetry, Markov processes, arrow of time
||Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
||20 Sep 2007
||07 Oct 2010 15:15
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