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In: Hrushikesha Mohanty and Chitta Baral (eds.), Trends in Information Technology, Proceeedings of the International Conference on Information Technology ICIT'99, Bhubaneswar, India, December 20-22, 1999, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 2000, pp. 161-166.


Measurements do not result in an exact value of the measured quantity; even after the most accurate measurement, there is still some uncertainty about the actual value of the measured quantity. Traditionally, in science and engineering, this uncertainty is characterized by a probability distribution; however, often, we do not know this probability distribution exactly. So, to get a more adequate description of this uncertainty, we must consider classes of possible probability distributions. A natural question is: Are all possible classes needed for this description? In this paper, we show that even for simple situations, we indeed need arbitrary closed convex classes of probability distributions.