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[mass noun] The explanation or interpretation of past actions or events inferred from the laws that are assumed to have governed them:‘an argument based on retrodiction’[count noun] ‘if you discount retrodictions then one is hard pressed to find good examples’
- ‘Could it not be that the retrodiction of a past Bang in which the entire Universe was squeezed to a point arises entirely as a consequence of following the expansion backwards in a perfectly symmetrical fashion?’
- ‘To unambiguously cover cases of retrodiction, the assumption is better put in terms of the unobserved resembling, in relevant respects, the observed.’
- ‘We obtain a necessary and sufficient condition for perfect retrodiction of the outcome of a known generalized measurement, given the final state, for an arbitrary initial state.’
- ‘What Rusty is referring to here is not prediction but retrodiction - it's looking back from the perspective of modern theories and reading those facts back into the Genesis account.’
- ‘By retrodiction of the effect we seek to trace back the hypothetical cause.’
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