On Noncontextual, Non-Kolmogorovian Hidden Variable Theories

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12356
Author(s):
Feintzeig, Benjamin H.; Fletcher, Samuel C.
preprint description
One implication of Bell's theorem is that there cannot in general be hidden variable models for quantum mechanics that both are noncontextual and retain the structure of a classical probability space. Thus, some hidden variable programs aim to retain noncontextuality at the cost of using a generalization of the Kolmogorov probability axioms. We generalize a theorem of Feintzeig (2015) to show that such programs are committed to the existence of a finite null cover for some quantum mechanical experiments, i.e., a finite collection of probability zero events whose disjunction exhausts the space of experimental possibilities.