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Probability and time symmetry in classical Markov processes

Bacciagaluppi, Guido (2007) Probability and time symmetry in classical Markov processes. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    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.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Submitted for publication in M. Suárez (ed.), Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics (Springer, Synthese Library).
    Keywords: probability, time symmetry, Markov processes, arrow of time
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Depositing User: Guido Bacciagaluppi
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3534
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3534

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