Inductive Reasoning

  • Ming LiEmail author
  • Paul Vitányi
Part of the Texts in Computer Science book series (TCS)


The Oxford English Dictionary defines induction as “the process of inferring a general law or principle from the observations of particular instances.” This defines precisely what we would like to call inductive inference. On the other hand, we regard inductive reasoning as a more general concept than inductive inference, as a process of reassigning a probability (or credibility) to a law or proposition from the observation of particular instances.


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© Ming Li and Paul Vitányi 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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