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30 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 September 2007 11:46PM

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Comment author: TobyBartels 27 July 2010 11:03:06PM *  4 points [-]

add absurdities - where the absurdity is the log probability, so you can add it - rather than averaging them.

This is a very nice measure (which I've seen before) and term for it (which I have not seen).

Eliezer, did you develop this yourself? Should I say to other people ‘Artificial-intelligence researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky defines the absurdity of a proposition to be the opposite of the logarithm of its probability, A = –log P.’ as an introduction before I start to use it? (I threw in a minus sign so that higher probability would be lower absurdity; maybe you were taking the logarithm base 1/2 so you didn't have to do that.)