Beyond specificity

  • Henry E. KyburgJr.
4. Non-Monotonic Reasoning
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 521)


A number of writers have suggested that specificity can be called upon to adjudicate competing default inferences. In the foundations of statistics, specificity is one of several ways to adjudicate the claims of competing reference classes. This suggests that in default inferences also other principles than specificity may be needed. This paper gives examples substantiating this suggestion, and provides formulations of the few other principles needed.


Specificity Probability Dominance Inheritance Reference Class Ordering Defaults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry E. KyburgJr.
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  1. 1.University of RochesterRochester

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