Vasudevan on Judy Benjamin


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Randall G. McCutcheon
University of Memphis
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Anubav Vasudevan characterized van Fraassen’s “Infomin” solution to the Judy Benjamin Problem (i.e. the solution by way of minimizing the Kullback-Leibler divergence between the posterior and prior) as an implementation of a “brand of epistemic charity” taking “the form of an assumption on the part of Judy Benjamin that her informant’s evidential report leaves out no relevant information”. After an analysis of the example that led Vasudevan to this way of thinking about Infomin, as well as of a new one that supports the rival position of Douven and Romeijn in favor of minimizing the inverse Kullback-Leibler divergence between the posterior and the prior, we come to a different and more enlightening characterization of Infomin’s implicit assumptions.
Keywords Conditionalization  Infomin  Kullback-Leibler divergence  Judy Benjamin Problem  Reflection Principle
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Entropy and Insufficient Reason: A Note on the Judy Benjamin Problem.Anubav Vasudevan - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axy013.
A Problem for Relative Information Minimizers in Probability Kinematics.Bas C. van Fraassen - 1981 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32 (4):375-379.

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