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Is interference of incoherent waves possible?
 

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Possible? Sure. Not sure how useful or interesting, but sure. Think about water waves.
 

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Is interference of incoherent waves possible?
If I understand you correctly, the answer is 'yes'. In optics, intensity correlations are often referred to as the Hanbury-Brown-Twiss effect.
 

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Speaking as a blue water sailor, I also say yes. In fact we have the phrase "rogue wave" for the case when several ocean waves from several directions interfere positively.

We also have the phrase "confused seas" for the case when multiple trains of waves arrive from different directions with different periods, amplitudes & phases. To the person riding in a small boat, it feels random. But it isn't really random.
 
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Think about water waves.
And how do interfering incoherent water waves look like?
 

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And how do interfering incoherent water waves look like?
Wet.

This is what I meant by "not useful or interesting". There isn't a simple answer, and since there's not a simple answer, it's not terribly interesting.
 
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