Chapter 7. Verbal Expressions of Uncertainty and Probability

  1. Dr David Hardman3 and
  2. Professor Laura Macchi4
  1. Professor Karl Halvor Teigen1 and
  2. Dr Wibecke Brun2

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047001332X.ch7

Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making

Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making

How to Cite

Teigen, K. H. and Brun, W. (2003) Verbal Expressions of Uncertainty and Probability, in Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making (eds D. Hardman and L. Macchi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047001332X.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan University, Calcutta House, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT, UK

  2. 4

    Facoltà e Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1, 20126 Milan, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, PO Box 1094 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway

  2. 2

    Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, Christiesgt 12, Bergen, N5015, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471494577

Online ISBN: 9780470013328

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Keywords:

  • numeric probabilities;
  • verbal probability expressions;
  • probabilistic reasoning

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Can Verbal Probabilities be Translated into Numbers?

  • Can Vagueness be Quantitatively Represented?

  • Do Words Represent the Same Probabilities As Numbers?

  • Two Kinds of Verbal Probability Expressions

  • When Are Positive and Negative Phrases Chosen?

  • Consequences of Choice of Terms

  • Numeric Probabilities Revisited

  • Conclusion

  • References