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24 October 2014, Cool Logic, Konstantin Genin (Carnegie Mellon University)

Speaker: Konstantin Genin (Carnegie Mellon University)
Title: Learning with Ockham: Simplicity in Inductive Inference
Date: Friday 24 October 2014
Time: 18:00-19:00
Location: ILLC seminar room (F1.15), Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Target audience: MSc Logic and PhD students

Is it possible to give a non-circular justification for the systematic scientific bias in favor of simpler theories? Combining ideas from belief revision, learning theory and topology, we give a justification for Ockham's razor grounded in truth-finding efficiency. Connections are demonstrated between monotonicity principles in belief revision, Popperian falsificationism and simplicity.

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