University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Colloquium of the Department and the PhD Program

title

Rangfunktionen: was sie sind und was man mit ihnen machen kann

speaker

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn, University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany

date & place

Wednesday, 11.02.2009, 16:15 h
Room C 252

abstract

Ranking functions provide a philosophically very well motivated formal representation of belief and uncertainty or, as one may say as well, of inductive or defeasible reasoning. In some ways it is very similar to probability theory, in some ways different and simpler. The talk explains what they are and how they work and in particular what the algorithms of inductive reasoning are and how they can be implemented in computer programs. The resulting implementation is quite similar to the theory of Bayesian nets that is so successfully applied in many areas.