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A Qualitative Markov Assumption and Its Implications for Belief Change

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A Qualitative Markov Assumption and Its Implications for Belief Change
The study of belief change has been an active area in philosophy and AI. In recent years, two special cases of belief change, belief revision and belief update, have been studied in detail. Roughly speaking, revision treats a surprising observation as a sign that previous beliefs were wrong, while update treats a surprising observation as an indication that the world has changed. In general, we would expect that an agent making an observation may both want to revise some earlier beliefs and assume that some change has occurred in the world. We define a novel approach to belief change that allows us to do this, by applying ideas from probability theory in a qualitative settings. The key idea is to use a qualitative Markov assumption, which says that state transitions are independent. We show that a recent approach to modeling qualitative uncertainty using plausibility measures allows us to make such a qualitative Markov assumption in a relatively straightforward way, and show how the M...
Nir Friedman, Joseph Y. Halpern
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Type Conference
Year 1996
Where UAI
Authors Nir Friedman, Joseph Y. Halpern
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