Saunders, Simon
(2024)
Finite frequentism explains quantum probability.
[Preprint]
Abstract
I show that frequentism, as an explanation of probability in classical statistical mechanics, can be extended in a natural way to a decoherent quantum history space, the analogue of a classical phase space. The result is a form of finite frequentism, in which Gibbs’ concept of an infinite ensemble of gases is replaced by the quantum state expressed as a superposition of a finite number of decohering microstates. It is a form of finite and actual frequentism (as opposed to hypothetical frequentism) insofar as all the microstates exist, in keeping with the decoherencebased Everett interpretation, and some versions of pilotwave theory.
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