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Popper, Bayes and the inverse problem

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Using observations to infer the values of some parameters corresponds to solving an 'inverse problem'. Practitioners usually seek the 'best solution' implied by the data, but observations should only be used to falsify possible solutions, not to deduce any particular solution.

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  1. Albert Tarantola is at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France. tarantola@ipgp.org

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