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Philosophical Foundations of Probabilities


This document presents some views on the semantic of the probability notion. It's mainly a summary of different readings, in particular of a Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy article. Probabilities are daily used in real world application, often without a clear understanding of their mathematical foundation and of the meaning we attach to them. This lack of understanding often leads to bad interpretations of statistical/probabilistic procedures (e.g. p-values of tests), and is an obstacle for research. Nowadays there is a debate opposing frequentists to bayesians, but we'll see that the problem of interpreting probabilities is broader, even if we'll present some strong clues in favour of bayesianism.
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inria-00102049 , version 1 (28-09-2006)
inria-00102049 , version 2 (29-09-2006)


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Pierre Dangauthier. Philosophical Foundations of Probabilities. [Research Report] RR-5988, INRIA. 2006, pp.14. ⟨inria-00102049v2⟩
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