Statistical Explanation and Statistical Relevance (Google eBook)

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, Sep 15, 1971 - Philosophy - 128 pages
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According to modern physics, many objectively improbable events actually occur, such as the spontaneous disintegration of radioactive atoms. Because of high levels of improbability, scientists are often at a loss to explain such phenomena. In this main essay of this book, Wesley Salmon offers a solution to scientific explanation based on the concept of statistical relevance (the S-R model). In this vein, the other two essays herein discuss “Statistical Relevance vs. Statistical Inference,” and “Explanation and Information.”
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Statistical Explanation vs Statistical Inference
19
Statistical Explanation
29
Explanation and Information
89
Postscript
105
Index
113
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About the author (1971)

Wesley C. Salmon was University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, past president of the Philosophy of Science Association, and the author of numerous books, including:  Four Decades of Scientific Explanation; The Foundations of Scientific Inference; Space, Time, and Motion: A Philosophical Introduction; and Scientific Explanation.

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