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Henry E. Kyburg

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195062533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.001.0001

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Laws and Theories

Laws and Theories

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(p.135) 8 Laws and Theories
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Science & Reason
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Jr. Henry E. Kyburg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.003.0008

In general, quantities should be interpreted in the same way as random quantities or random variables are interpreted in statistics: namely, as functions from a domain to a special set of objects. The fact that they reflect to some level the structure of a set of mathematical objects makes the range of these functions extraordinary. Measurement, meanwhile, is not a process of “assigning numbers to objects,” but rather of formulating the values of quantity functions given to objects. More briefly, it is giving magnitudes to objects.

Keywords:   quantities, random quantities, measurement, magnitude, random variables

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