from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who studies probability, a particular branch of mathematics.
- n. A follower of probabilism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who maintains that certainty is impossible, and that probability alone is to govern our faith and actions.
- n. One who maintains that a man may do that which has a probability of being right, or which is inculcated by teachers of authority, although other opinions may seem to him still more probable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds the doctrine of probabilism.
- n. One who maintains that certainty is impossible, and that probability alone is to govern faith and practice.
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Lewis, like Reichenbach a probabilist at heart, insisted that the assessment and revision of probabilities in the light of experience requires that some propositions obtained from experience be certain, or as he put it, “if anything is probable, something must be certain.”
A probabilist translates this as “With high probability, despite the lack of evidence, …”.
The thorough-going probabilist will translate this into “With probability almost, but not quite one: the sun is shining.”
A probabilist, or Bayesian if you prefer, will be most unhappy with this misuse of the word “belief”.
A thorough-going probabilist is the most skeptical of all men, exceeding even David Hume.
The probabilist recommends used Bayesian techniques to the extent possible to sort out the probable consequences of various actions.
Harry Pitt, who was an excellent pure mathematician and probabilist.
Although the literature on universal probability bounds dates back to the French probabilist Emile Borel, it seems not to have been engaged by the Bible Code researchers.
* If you hold that the less safe opinion can be followed only if it is solidly probable, but that if it is you can follow it even if the safe opinion is more probable, you are a probabilist.
I read the story the way Ann did, and I'm a trained probabilist, which means I am unusually sensitive to the horrible damage that media does to mathematical concepts.