The Evidential Foundations of Probabilistic Reasoning / Edition 1

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A detailed treatment regarding the diverse properties and uses of evidence and the judgmental tasks they entail. Examines various processes by which evidence may be developed or discovered. Considers the construction of arguments made in defense of the relevance and credibility of individual items and masses of evidence as well as the task of assessing the inferential force of evidence. Includes over 100 numerical examples to illustrate the workings of diverse probabilistic expressions for the inferential force of evidence and the subtleties they reveal.
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This is a paperbound edition of a 1994 book about which Book News wrote: Often viewed as irrefutable, evidence is, in fact, an interpretive science, refracted through the varying perspectives of different disciplines. Finding truth in the scatter of evidence is a highly subjective task, precariously balanced on the methods of discovery, arrangement, and argument. The author examines the principles and procedures of evidence analysis, and sheds light on probabilistic reasoning based on evidence that is incomplete, inconclusive, and often imprecise. He brings together insights from law, philosophy, logic, probability, semiotics, artificial intelligence, psychology, and history. A textbook Sherlock Holmes would be proud of. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Other Contact: Assistant, Maxine Payne (@ JW) Mpayne@wiley.com

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Table of Contents

A Discourse on Evidence.

The Study of Evidence.

Structural Issues I: Studying the Properties of Evidence.

Structural Issues II: Inferences Based Upon a Mass of Evidence.

On the Inferential Force of Evidence.

The Analysis of Evidential Properties and Subtleties.

Analyses of Isolated Items of Evidence.

Analyses of Recurrent Combinations of Evidence.

Discovery and the Generation of Evidence.

End of Discourse.

References.

Indexes.

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