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Deterministic versus indeterministic descriptions: not that different after all?

Werndl, Charlotte (2009) Deterministic versus indeterministic descriptions: not that different after all? [Preprint]

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The guiding question of this paper is: how similar are deterministic descriptions and indeterministic descriptions from a predictive viewpoint? The deterministic and indeterministic descriptions of concern in this paper are measure-theoretic deterministic systems and stochastic processes, respectively. I will explain intuitively some mathematical results which show that measure-theoretic deterministic systems and stochastic processes give more often the same predictions than one might perhaps have expected, and hence that from a predictive viewpoint these descriptions are quite similar.


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Werndl, Charlotte
Additional Information: Contribution in: A. Hieke and H. Leitgeb (eds), Reduction, Abstraction, Analysis, Proceedings of the 31st International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium. Ontos, pp. 63-78.
Keywords: observational equivalence, determinism, indeterminism, ergodic theory, stochastic processes
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: Charlotte Werndl
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2011 11:02
Item ID: 4775
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4775

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