Information using likeness measures

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Abstract

A suggestion is made regarding the nature of information: That the information in a theory be evaluated by measuring either its distance from the perfect theory or by measuring its distance from the right answer to the information seeking question that led to it. The measures here are provided by the Tichy-Hilpinen-Oddie-Niiniluoto-likeness measures which were introduced in the context of the philosophical problem of verisimilitude. One feature of this suggestion that differentiates it from most theories of information is that it does not use or depend on probabilities or uncertainty. Another unusual feature of it is that it permits false views or theories to possess information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-892
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science
Volume48
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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  • Engineering(all)

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