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idea of abiding by common sense if only, he admits, in certain, rather restricted contexts. "The trouble
 

Summary: idea of abiding by common sense if only, he admits,
in certain, rather restricted contexts. "The trouble
with the real world," he says, "is that right now it is
just too complicated!" Nevertheless, he argues, it's
still possible to draw some useful conclusions from
simplified examples. Consider, for instance, an agent
(which could be a person who has to decide whether
to wait for a bus or to walk, a spider who must decide
where to build her web, or even a computer trying to
decide whether the stock market is going up or down)
that has to reason about some situation on the basis
of limited knowledge which may be uncertain, vague
or even self-contradictory. In each case there is
something called `knowledge', and a process for
drawing conclusions from that knowledge and
inferring further knowledge. The big question centres
around what sorts of processes correspond to patterns
Many of us in, moments of exasperation, have bleated out "it's just
common sense!" but do we really know what `common sense' is?
Mathematicians at the University of Manchester may be able to help.

  

Source: Applebaum, David - Department of Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield

 

Collections: Mathematics