Reasoning with Safety Factor Rules
2007 (English)In: Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, ISSN 1091-8264, Vol. 11, no 1, 55-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Safety factor rules are used for drawing putatively reasonable conclusions from incomplete datasets. The paper attempts to provide answers to four questions: “How are safety factors used?”, “When are safety factors used?”, “Why are safety used?” and “How do safety factor rules relate to decision theory?”. The authors conclude that safety factor rules should be regarded as decision methods rather than as criteria of rightness and that they can be used in both practical and theoretical reasoning. Simplicity of application and inability or unwillingness to defer judgment appear to be important factors in explaining why the rules are used.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 11, no 1, 55-70 p.
Safety factor, uncertainty factor, decision theory, reasoning, heuristics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6001DiVA: diva2:10566
QC 20101110. Uppdaterad från Accepted till Published (20101110).2006-04-142006-04-142012-02-02Bibliographically approved