Inductive Generalization

  • Roger D. Rosenkrantz
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 115)


Given the number of kinds present in a sample, and their frequencies, we may wish to infer the number of kinds present in a population. A paradigm is to estimate the number of words (types, not tokens) in a book given a sample of text.


Prior Distribution Prior Probability Inductive Logic Word Count Successive Sample 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  1. Good, I. J.: 1953, The Population Frequencies of Species and the Estimation of Population Parameters’, Biometrika 40, 237–264.Google Scholar
  2. Hintikka, K. J. J.: 1966, ‘A Two Dimensional Continuum of Inductive Methods’, in Hintikka and Suppes(eds.), Aspects of Inductive Logic, North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger D. Rosenkrantz
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  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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