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Could someone explain Luders Rule?

  1. Dec 11, 2007 #1
    I'm reading The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics by Hughes. He has a chapter where he develops an account of conditional probability in QM which he uses to explain the two-slit experiment and the EPR (singlet state) situation. Basically the idea is that this conditional probability function allows for talk of conditional probability in situations where the logic in non-Boolean (i.e. incompatible observables). Conditional probability is the probability of event A given that event B occurs. The rule he gives is in terms of density operators in Hilbert space and he refers to it as Luders rule (with umlauts over the u).

    Anyway he argues that the rule has many very useful consequences in terms of explaining the "causal anomalies" of QM. I would really like to understand what this rule is really saying in practical terms (i.e. not just the math). Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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