You Can't Always Get What You Want: Some considerations regarding conditional probabilities

Publication Year:
2013
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10751
Author(s):
Myrvold, Wayne C.
preprint description
The standard treatment of conditional probability leaves conditional probability undefined when the conditioning proposition has zero probability. Nonetheless, some find the option of extending the scope of conditional probability to include zero-probability conditions attractive or even compelling. This articles reviews some of the pitfalls associated with this move, and concludes that, for the most part, probabilities conditional on zero-probability propositions are more trouble than they are worth.