Re: poly: What probabilities?

From: Peter C. McCluskey <>
Date: Tue Apr 28 1998 - 14:08:25 PDT (Hal Finney) writes:
>Peter C. McCluskey, <>, writes:
>> Here's a scenario which I would guess has a 0.1 to 10% chance of happening:
>I wonder if you could describe your thinking in choosing to express this
>as a range of probabilities. Is it, as Robin and Nick have suggested, that
>you could theoretically pin it down more closely if you thought about it
>longer? But based on how much time you have spent thinking about it, all
>you can say now is that eventually you would have settled on a probability
>in this range?

 Approximately. I'm expressing a good deal of uncertainty about what the
correct number is, although it isn't obvious whether more thought would
improve on that, or whether more data is needed.

>Can you express in probabilitistic terms how likely it is that the
>probability is in the range from .1% to 10%? More, could you estimate
>how likely it is that the probability is in the range from say 2% to 6%?
>And even more generally, could you give the shape of your belief function
>in terms of a probability distribution over the possible probabilities?

 Yes, these are possible, but would take a fair amount of thought.

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