The probabilistic analysis of testimony

Sandy L Zabell*

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The probabilistic analysis of testimony is surveyed. The coverage is not comprehensive; attention is focused on several problems of particular interest or complexity. The theory often contains implicit assumptions, and some attempt is made to clarify the role these play. The theory originally arose in an attempt to understand the logic of belief. It was not empirically grounded, however, and later died out in the 19th century when its conclusions became largely self-evident, and its non-empirical background suspect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-354
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Statistical Planning and Inference
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


  • Campbell-Price paradox
  • Condorcet
  • Eddington
  • Hume
  • Laplace
  • Testimony
  • evidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics

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