Probability and time symmetry in classical Markov processes

Guido Bacciagaluppi

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics
EditorsMauricio Suarez
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
PublisherSpringer
Pages41-60
Number of pages20
Volume347
ISBN (Print)1402099037, 978-1402099038
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer
Volume347

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    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