Definitions of time symmetry and examples of time-directed behaviour are discussed in the framework of discrete Markov processes. It is argued that typical examples of time-directed behaviour can be described using time-symmetric transition probabilities. Some current arguments in favour of a distinction between past and future on the basis of probabilistic considerations are thereby judged to be unjustified.
|Title of host publication||Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht, Netherlands|
|Number of pages||20|
|ISBN (Print)||1402099037, 978-1402099038|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Dec 2010|
Bacciagaluppi, G. (2010). Probability and time symmetry in classical Markov processes. In M. Suarez (Ed.), Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics (Vol. 347, pp. 41-60). (Synthese Library; Vol. 347). Springer . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9904-5