Re: great quote from Jaynes

From: Scott Yokim (
Date: Fri Aug 04 2006 - 12:33:19 MDT


   For the first question, you will want to read the first four chapters of Jaynes's Logic of Science book (see

   For the second, you'll need to ask Eliezer for a recommended source. I think Baum's book mentions VC in passing ...


Philip Goetz <> wrote: On 8/1/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Scott Yokim wrote:
> >
> > Maybe each new hypothesis that scientists generate is initially given an
> > evidence of something like -40 dB? And the RPOP should do the same? I
> > suppose the initial value has evolved over time, and could be rising?
> 2) The RPOP should not do the same. You can't use ad-hoc methods in an
> SI, not if you want to live. There are principled methods for dealing
> with this problem such as Kolmogorov complexity and Vapnik-Chervonenkis
> dimension; neither of these quite suits my purposes, but both are a vast
> improvement over a human programmer sitting down, thinking a bit, and
> then inputting a parameter of -40 dB.

Can you -
a) Explain what you mean by assigning a credence of -40dB to something.
b) Explain how Komogorov complexity and Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension
relate to this problem.

- Phil

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