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Probability and causality must live together because both involve contingency. When I assign a probability to a coin's falling heads, I am saying that how it will fall is contingent. When I say the wind caused a tree to topple, I am saying that the wind and the toppling were contingent. The tree might have remained standing had the wind been less severe.(More)
Conformal prediction uses past experience to determine precise levels of confidence in new predictions. Given an error probability ǫ, together with a method that makes a predictionˆy of a label y, it produces a set of labels, typically containingˆy, that also contains y with probability 1 − ǫ. Conformal prediction can be applied to any method for(More)
This paper is concerned with two theories of probability judgment: the Bayesian theory and the theory of belief functions. It illustrates these theories with some simple examples and discusses some of the issues that arise when we try to implement them in expert systems. The Bayesian theory is well known; its main ideas go back to the work of Thomas Bayes(More)
In this article, we describe a way to propagate belief functions in certain kinds of trees using only local computations. This scheme generalizes the computational scheme proposed by Shafer and Logan ' for diagnostic trees of the type studied by Gordon and Shortliffe2,3 and the slightly more general scheme proposed by Shafer4 for hierarchical evidence. It(More)