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Falsificationism and Statistical Learning Theory: Comparing the Popper and Vapnik-Chervonenkis Dimensions

2009

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We compare Karl Popper’s ideas concerning the falsifiability of a theory with similar notions from the part of statistical learning theory known as VC-theory. Popper’s notion of the dimension of a theory is contrasted with the apparently very similar VC-dimension. Having located some divergences, we discuss how best to view Popper’s work from the perspective of statistical learning theory, either as a precursor or as aiming to capture a different learning activity.

Author(s): Corfield, D. and Schölkopf, B. and Vapnik, V.
Journal: Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Volume: 40
Number (issue): 1
Pages: 51-58
Year: 2009
Month: July
Day: 0

Department(s): Empirische Inferenz
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

Digital: 0
DOI: 10.1007/s10838-009-9091-3
Language: en
Organization: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
School: Biologische Kybernetik

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@article{6038,
  title = {Falsificationism and Statistical Learning Theory: Comparing the Popper and Vapnik-Chervonenkis Dimensions},
  author = {Corfield, D. and Sch{\"o}lkopf, B. and Vapnik, V.},
  journal = {Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  volume = {40},
  number = {1},
  pages = {51-58},
  organization = {Max-Planck-Gesellschaft},
  school = {Biologische Kybernetik},
  month = jul,
  year = {2009},
  month_numeric = {7}
}