Derivational robustness and indirect confirmation

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Lehtinen , A 2018 , ' Derivational robustness and indirect confirmation ' , Erkenntnis , vol. 83 , no. 3 , pp. 539-576 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9902-6

Title: Derivational robustness and indirect confirmation
Author: Lehtinen, Aki
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Practical Philosophy


Date: 2018-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 38
Belongs to series: Erkenntnis
ISSN: 0165-0106
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9902-6
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/235616
Abstract: Derivational robustness may increase the degree to which various pieces of evidence indirectly confirm a robust result. There are two ways in which this increase may come about. First, if one can show that a result is robust, and that the various individual models used to derive it also have other confirmed results, these other results may indirectly confirm the robust result. Confirmation derives from the fact that data not known to bear on a result are shown to be relevant when it is shown to be robust. Second, robustness may increase the degree to which the robust result is indirectly confirmed if it increases the weight with which existing evidence indirectly confirms it. This may happen when it strengthens the connection between the core and the robust result by showing that auxiliaries are not responsible for the result.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
CLIMATE MODELS
OLD EVIDENCE
HYPOTHETICO-DEDUCTIVISM
EMPIRICAL EQUIVALENCE
POPULATION BIOLOGY
PREDICTIONS
SCIENCE
UNDERDETERMINATION
PROJECTIONS
ENSEMBLE
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