principle of insufficient reason


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principle of insufficient reason

[′prin·sə·pəl əv ‚in·sə‚fish·ənt ′rēz·ən]
(statistics)
The principle that cases are equally likely to occur unless reasons to the contrary are known.
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Applying the principle of insufficient reason to this table also produces a victory for the system with guaranteed access to a national forum.
Assuming arguendo that this scenario were to develop, at most it would make the principle of insufficient reason and the minimax regret criterion indeterminate.
If the middle- or best-case scenarios under the dual system were even slightly better, the principle of insufficient reason would be decisively in favor of the nonguaranteed national forum system.
If the best outcome under the nonguaranteed system were higher than 10 (and if the worst outcome remained negative 10), then the principle of insufficient reason would prefer the nonguaranteed system.
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