Bigger than Chaos: Understanding Complexity through by Michael Strevens

By Michael Strevens

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24 The Probabilistic Foundations of Enion Probability Analysis Using enion probability analysis, it is possible to derive the fact of simple behavior in a complex system. From an understanding of the principles underlying such derivations, I suggest, emerges an explanation of how microcomplexity in effect gives rise to macrosimplicity. The simple behavior of complex systems can, in other words, be understood by inquiring into the foundations of epa. Let me begin the inquiry with the following question about epa: under what circumstances, exactly, can epa be successfully applied?

Chapter two lays the theoretical groundwork for explaining why certain probabilities satisfy condition (2), while chapter three lays the groundwork for explaining why certain probabilities satisfy condition (3). 34. Two more general comments. First, although a large part of this book consists in a philosophical investigation of the properties of probabilities, I do not assume any particular metaphysics of probability. What I have to say is compatible with any of the main metaphysical views about probability, such as the frequentist, propensity, and subjectivist theories.

As remarked above, epa has three steps: 1. Probabilities concerning the behavior of individual enions in the system, the enion probabilities, are discovered or postulated. 05 probability that, over the course of a month, a given rabbit dies. 2. These probabilities are aggregated, yielding a probability distribution that describes the behavior of one or more macrovariables only in terms of other macrovariables. In the example, the assumption of stochastic independence and the law of large numbers are used to aggregate the probabilities, yielding a very high probability of a 5% decrease in population.

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