By Mark Colyvan

ISBN-10: 019513754X

ISBN-13: 9780195137545

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ISBN-13: 9780195166613

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The Quine-Putnam indispensability argument within the philosophy of arithmetic urges us to put mathematical entities at the similar ontological footing as different theoretical entities necessary to our greatest medical theories. lately, the argument has come lower than critical scrutiny, with many influential philosophers unconvinced of its cogency. This publication not just outlines the indispensability argument in enormous aspect but in addition defends it opposed to quite a few demanding situations.

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T, A(t)}'. Then under some general conditions, {X(t),t G T = ( 0 , 1 , . . ,oo)} is a multi-dimensional Markov chain with discrete time. This type of Markov chains in HIV epidemic has been developed by Tan and his associates in terms of chain binomial and chain multinomial distributions; see [7-12]. 2. }. Then the random behavior and properties of this Markov chain is characterized by the transition probabilities which is defined by pij(s,t) = P{X(t) = j\X(s) = i} for t > s. Prom these transition The Transition Probabilities and Computation 39 probabilities, obviously, we have: pij(s,s) = 5^, where 5^ is the Kronecker's 6 defined by da = 1 and S^ — 0 if i ^ j .

Let {S(t),I(u,t)} denote the numbers of S people and of I(u) people at the ith month respectively and A(t) the total number of AIDS cases including those died from AIDS by the ith month. Put X(t) = {S(t),I(u,t),u = 0 , 1 , . . ,t, A(t)}'. Then under some general conditions, {X(t),t G T = ( 0 , 1 , . . ,oo)} is a multi-dimensional Markov chain with discrete time. This type of Markov chains in HIV epidemic has been developed by Tan and his associates in terms of chain binomial and chain multinomial distributions; see [7-12].

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