The validity of Dempster-Shafer belief functions

@article{Provan1992TheVO,
  title={The validity of Dempster-Shafer belief functions},
  author={Gregory M. Provan},
  journal={Int. J. Approx. Reasoning},
  year={1992},
  volume={6},
  pages={389-399}
}
This reply to papers by Pearl and Shafer focuses on two issues underlying the debate on the validity o f using Dempster-Shafer theory, namely the requirement of a process-independent semantics and the a priori need for multiple uncertainty calculi. Pearl shows deficiencies of Dempster-Shafer theory in dealing with several instances o f commonsense reasoning in a process-independent manner. Although this argument is correct under the assumptions stated, it is weakened somewhat by introducing… CONTINUE READING
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