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Enrique Miranda, Marco Zaffalon, Gert De Cooman

Conglomerable Natural Extension


We study the weakest conglomerable model that is implied by desirability or probability assessments: the \emph{conglomerable natural extension}. We show that taking the natural extension of the assessments while imposing conglomerability -the procedure adopted in Walley's theory- does not yield, in general, the conglomerable natural extension (but it does so in the case of the marginal extension). Iterating this process produces a sequence of models that approach the conglomerable natural extension, although it is not known, at this point, whether it is attained in the limit. We give sufficient conditions for this to happen in some special cases, and study the differences between working with coherent sets of desirable gambles and coherent lower previsions. Our results indicate that it might be necessary to re-think the foundations of Walley's theory of coherent conditional lower previsions for infinite partitions of conditioning events.


Conglomerability, natural extension, desirable gambles, coherent lower previsions.

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Enrique Miranda
Dep. of Statistics and O.R.
University of Oviedo
C-Calvo Sotelo, s/n
33007 Oviedo (Spain)

Marco Zaffalon
Galleria 2
CH-6928 Manno

Gert De Cooman
Technologiepark - Zwijnaarde 914
9052 Zwijnaarde

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