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Inference from disorder


I don’t know if this is a real category, but between conversations with Jonas Peters, Aurora Delaigle and Zdravko Botev, I’ve seen a few references to the idea that we can draw inference from the lack of structure, in some sense, of the world.

Janzing and Peters and so forth do this with inferring the arrow of time or causality. Delaigle and Hall do very blind statistical deconvolution. I’m sure other uses could be made of the idea.

Connection: algorithmic statistics, independence.