Monday, March 18, 2013

1303.3647 (Stan Gudder)

Compatibility for Probabilistic Theories    [PDF]

Stan Gudder
We define an index of compatibility for a probabilistic theory (PT). Quantum mechanics with index 0 and classical probability theory with index 1 are at the two extremes. In this way, quantum mechanics is at least as incompatible as any PT. We consider a PT called a concrete quantum logic that may have compatibility index strictly between 0 and 1, but we have not been able to show this yet. Finally, we show that observables in a PT can be represented by positive, vector-valued measures.
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