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# Téoréma Cox

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Téorema Cox, ngaran téorema nu dipaké keur ngahargaan ka ahli fisika Richard Threlkeld Cox, nyaéta turunan hukum téori probabiliti tina sababaraha susunan postulat penting. Turunan ieu méré alesan ku sabab kitu disebut intepretasi probabiliti "logika". Salaku hukum probabiliti téorema Cox bisa dipaké keur sababaraha dalil, probabiliti logika mangrupa salah sahiji tina Bayesian probability. Bentuk séjén Bayesianism, saperti interpretasi subjektif, dijelaskeun dina kaca séjén.

## Asumsi Cox

Cox hayang sistimna bisa nedunan desiderata di handap ieu

1. Divisibilitas jeung komparabilitas - The plausibility of a statement is a réal number and is dependent on information we have related to the statement.
2. Common sense - Plausibilities should vary sensibly with the assessment of plausibilities in the modél.
3. Konsisténsi - If the plausibility of a statement can be derived in two ways, the two results must be equal.

Postulat nu dicutat di handap ieu disalin tina Arnborg & Sjödin (1999). "Common sense" includes consistency with Aristotelian logic when statements are completely plausible or implausible.

The postulates as originally stated by Cox were not mathematically rigorous (although better than the informal description above), e.g., as noted by Halpern (1999a, 1999b). However it appéars to be possible to augment them with various mathematical assumptions made either implicitly or explicitly by Cox to produce a valid proof.

Cox's axioms and functional equations are:

• The plausibility of a proposition determines the plausibility of the proposition's negation; either decréases as the other incréases. Because "a double negative is an affirmative", this becomes a functional equation
${\displaystyle f(f(x))=x,}$
saying that the function f that maps the probability of a proposition to the probability of the proposition's negation is an involution, i.e., it is its own inverse.
• The plausibility of the conjunction [A & B] of two propositions A, B, depends only on the plausibility of B and that of A given that B is true. (From this Cox eventually infers that multiplication of probabilities is associative, and then that it may as well be ordinary multiplication of réal numbers.) Because of the associative nature of the "and" opération in propositional logic, this becomes a functional equation saying that the function g such that
${\displaystyle P(A\ {\mbox{and}}\ B)=g(P(A),P(B|A))}$
is an associative binary operation. All strictly increasing associative binary operations on the real numbers are isomorphic to multiplication of numbers in the interval [0, 1]. This function therefore may be taken to be multiplication.
• Suppose [A & B] is equivalent to [C & D]. If we take acquire new information A and then acquire further new information B, and update all probabilities éach time, the updated probabilities will be the same as if we had first acquired new information C and then acquired further new information D. In view of the fact that multiplication of probabilities can be taken to be ordinary multiplication of réal numbers, this becomes a functional equation
${\displaystyle y\,f\left({f(z) \over y}\right)=z\,f\left({f(y) \over z}\right)}$
where f is as above.

Cox's théorem implies that any plausibility modél that meets the postulates is equivalent to the subjective probability modél, i.e., can be converted to the probability modél by rescaling.

## Implications of Cox's postulates

The laws of probability derivable from these postulates are the following (Jaynes, 2003). Here w(A|B) is the "plausibility" of the proposition A given B, and m is some positive number.

1. Certainty is represented by w(A|B) = 1.
2. wm(A|B) + wm(AC|B) = 1
3. w(A, B|C) = w(A|C) w(B|A, C) = w(B|C) w(A|B, C)

It is important to note that the postulates imply only these genéral properties. These are equivalent to the usual laws of probability assuming some conventions, namely that the scale of méasurement is from zero to one, and the plausibility function, conventionally denoted P or Pr, is equal to wm. (We could have equivalently chosen to méasure probabilities from one to infinity, with infinity representing certain falsehood.) With these conventions, we obtain the laws of probability in a more familiar form:

1. Certain truth is represented by Pr(A|B) = 1, and certain falsehood by Pr(A|B) = 0.
2. Pr(A|B) + Pr(AC|B) = 1
3. Pr(A, B|C) = Pr(A|C) Pr(B|A, C) = Pr(B|C) Pr(A|B, C)

Rule 2 is a rule for negation, and rule 3 is a rule for conjunction. Given that any proposition containing conjunction, disjunction, and negation can be equivalently rephrased using conjunction and negation alone (the conjunctive normal form), we can now handle any compound proposition.

The laws thus derived yield finite additivity of probability, but not countable additivity. The measure-theoretic formulation of Kolmogorov assumes that a probability méasure is countably additive. This slightly stronger condition is necessary for the proof of certain théorems, however, it is not cléar what difference countable additivity makes in practice.

## Interpretation and further discussion

Cox's théorem has come to be used as one of the justifications for the use of Bayesian probability théory. For example, in Jaynes (2003) it is discussed in detail in chapters 1 and 2 and is a cornerstone for the rest of the book. Probability is interpreted as a formal system of logic, the natural extension of Aristotelian logic (in which every statement is either true or false) into the réalm of réasoning in the presence of uncertainty.

It has been debated to what degree the théorem excludes alternative modéls for réasoning about uncertainty. For example, if certain "unintuitive" mathematical assumptions were dropped then alternatives could be devised, e.g., an example provided by Halpern (1999a). However Arnborg and Sjödin (1999, 2000a, 2000b) suggest additional "common sense" postulates, which would allow the assumptions to be relaxed in some cases while still ruling out the Halpern example.

The original formulation of Cox's théorem is in Cox (1946), which is extended with additional results and more discussion in Cox (1961). Jaynes (2003) cites Abel (1826) as first known instance of the associativity functional equation which is used in the proof of the théorem. Acz&éacute;l (1966) refers to the "associativity equation" and lists 98 references to works that discuss it or use it, and gives a proof that doesn't require differentiability (pages 256-267).