On the logic of hypothesis generation

Peter A. Flach, Antonis C Kakas

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Explanatory reasoning infers hypothetical explanations of observations. Instances of explanatory reasoning include classification-oriented induction and abduction. Confirmatory reasoning infers hypotheses confirmed by observations. Many non-classificatory data-mining tasks embody confirmatory reasoning. In this chapter we study the rationality of explanatory and confirmatory reasoning from a meta-logical perspective. We take a neutral perspective on the abduction/induction debate by mostly avoiding these terms.
Translated title of the contributionOn the logic of hypothesis generation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbduction and induction: essays on their relation and integration
EditorsPeter A. Flach, Antonis C. Kakas
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Pages89 - 106
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0792362500
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Other page information: 89-106
Other identifier: 1000454


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