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Matter of Chance

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ISBN-10: 0521615984

ISBN-13: 9780521615983

Edition: 2004

Authors: D. H. Mellor

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Statistical techniques and theories have become widely applied in the physical, biological and social sciences. The enormous increase in their scope and complexity has led to much philosophical discussion of their significance, and of the meaning in non-mathematical terms of the methods and concepts they employ. This book deals not so much with statistical methods as with the central concept of chance, or statistical probability, which statistical theories apply to nature. Examples range from the chance of a tossed coin falling heads to that of a man dying or a radioactive atom decaying in a fixed period of time. Chances seem, however, to be peculiar properties, and to belong to peculiar…    
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Book details

List price: $41.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The limits of personalism
Measuring partical belief
Frequencies and trials
Propensity
Half lives and the force of mortality
Imprecision and inexactness
Connectivity and classical propensities
Determinism and laws of nature
Apology
References
Index