Special Issue "Maximum Entropy Applied to Inductive Logic and Reasoning"


A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Juergen Landes
Department of Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
E-Mail: J.Landes@kent.ac.uk
Interests: mathematical logics and applications; imperfect information, in all varieties and forms; rationality; decision science; quantum computing

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jon Williamson
Department of Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/
E-Mail: J.Williamson@kent.ac.uk
Interests: causality; probability; logics and reasoning; their application to science, maths and ai

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since E.T. Jaynes showed how maximizing Shannon Entropy can be applied to rational belief formation, Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) methods have played an important role in inductive reasoning. This special issue provides a forum for proponents, opponents and practitioners to discuss and advance the current state of the art. We explicitly welcome contributions arguing for or against MaxEnt methods.

Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Formal applications of MaxEnt to inductive logic or inductive reasoning.
  • Philosophical accounts of MaxEnt methods for inductive logic or inductive reasoning (including contributions arguing for or against MaxEnt methods).
  • MaxEnt methods for rational agents (in a single agent, multi-agent or autonomous agent setting).
  • Connections between MaxEnt and scoring rules.
  • Surveys of the state of the art in one of the above areas.
  • Historical perspectives on MaxEnt and inductive logic with a focus on where we stand today.

Dr. Juergen Landes
Prof. Dr. Jon Williamson
Guest Editors


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Entropy is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • maximum entropy principle
  • maxent
  • inductive logic
  • inductive reasoning
  • inductive inference
  • objective bayesianism
  • scoring rules

Published Papers

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Last update: 7 May 2014

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