Ampliative inference: on choosing a probability distribution

Daniel Osherson, Eldar Shafir, Edward E. Smith

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Ampliative inference is the choice of a probability distribution on the basis of incomplete information. We consider some psychological and normative questions that arise about this kind of reasoning. The discussion is largely tutorial although a substantive hypothesis is also advanced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-210
Number of pages22
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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