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The rule for calculating expectation values is obtained from a fourth postulate, the requirement of energy conservation in the mean.

The fact that all these basic relations of quantum theory may be derived from premises which are statistical in character is interpreted as a strong argument in favor of the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. The structures of quantum theory and classical statistical theories are compared, and some fundamental differences are identified. Introduction The interpretation of quantum theory does neither influence its theoretical predictions nor the experimentally observed data.

Nevertheless, it is extremely important because it determines the direction of future research. It presents a point of view which is in opposition to most variants of the Copenhagen interpretation [ 2 ] but has been advocated by a large number of eminent physicists, including Einstein.

It claims that quantum mechanics is incomplete with regard to the description of single events and that all its dynamic predictions are of a purely statistical nature. This means that in general, a large number of measurements on identically prepared systems have to be performed in order to verify a dynamical prediction of quantum theory.

The basic assumptions underlying these works include special postulates about the structure of momentum fluctuations [ 3 ], the principle of minimum Fisher information [ 4 , 5 ], a linear time-evolution law for a complex state variable [ 6 ], or the assumption of a classical stochastic force of unspecified form [ 7 ]. An attempt is undertaken to improve this approach by starting from assumptions, which may be considered as simpler and more fundamental from a physical point of view.

In a first step, an infinite class of statistical theories are derived, containing a classical statistical theory as well as quantum mechanics. We begin in Section 2 with a general discussion of the role of probability in physical theories. The set of corresponding statistical theories is derived in Section 5. In Sections 4 and 7 , structural differences between quantum theory and classical statistical theories are investigated.

The quantum mechanical rule for calculating expectation values is derived from the requirement of conservation of energy in the mean in Section 6.

In Sections 7 — 9 , the principle of maximal disorder is implemented, and Fisher's information measure is derived in Section Section 11 contains a detailed discussion of all assumptions and results and may be consulted in a first reading to obtain an overview of this work; questions of interpretation of the quantum theoretical formalism are also discussed in this section.

In Section 12 , open questions for future research are listed. On Probability With regard to the role of probability, three types of physical theories may be distinguished. Single events are completely described by their known initial values and deterministic laws differential equations. Classical mechanics is obviously such a theory.

We include this type of theory, where probability does not play any role, in our classification scheme because it provides a basis for the following two types of theories. Therefore, no predictions on individual events are possible, despite the fact that deterministic laws describing individual events are valid. In order to verify a prediction of a type 2 theory, a large number of identically prepared experiments must be performed. We have no problems to understand or to interpret such a theory because we know it is just our lack of knowledge which causes the uncertainty.

An example is given by classical statistical mechanics. Of course, in order to construct a type 2 theory, one needs a type 1 theory providing the deterministic laws. We may not only work with unknown initial values but with unknown laws as well. In type 3 theories, there are no deterministic laws describing individual events, only probabilities can be assigned. There is no need to mention initial values for particle trajectories any more initial values for probabilistic dynamical variables are still required.

Type 2 theories could also be referred to as classical statistical theories. The third is a principle of maximal disorder as realized by the requirement of minimal Fisher information. The rule for calculating expectation values is obtained from a fourth postulate, the requirement of energy conservation in the mean.

The fact that all these basic relations of quantum theory may be derived from premises which are statistical in character is interpreted as a strong argument in favor of the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. The structures of quantum theory and classical statistical theories are compared, and some fundamental differences are identified. Introduction The interpretation of quantum theory does neither influence its theoretical predictions nor the experimentally observed data.

Nevertheless, it is extremely important because it determines the direction of future research. It presents a point of view which is in opposition to most variants of the Copenhagen interpretation [ 2 ] but has been advocated by a large number of eminent physicists, including Einstein.

It claims that quantum mechanics is incomplete with regard to the description of single events and that all its dynamic predictions are of a purely statistical nature. This means that in general, a large number of measurements on identically prepared systems have to be performed in order to verify a dynamical prediction of quantum theory. The basic assumptions underlying these works include special postulates about the structure of momentum fluctuations [ 3 ], the principle of minimum Fisher information [ 4 , 5 ], a linear time-evolution law for a complex state variable [ 6 ], or the assumption of a classical stochastic force of unspecified form [ 7 ].

An attempt is undertaken to improve this approach by starting from assumptions, which may be considered as simpler and more fundamental from a physical point of view.

In a first step, an infinite class of statistical theories are derived, containing a classical statistical theory as well as quantum mechanics. We begin in Section 2 with a general discussion of the role of probability in physical theories.

The set of corresponding statistical theories is derived in Section 5. In Sections 4 and 7 , structural differences between quantum theory and classical statistical theories are investigated. The quantum mechanical rule for calculating expectation values is derived from the requirement of conservation of energy in the mean in Section 6. In Sections 7 — 9 , the principle of maximal disorder is implemented, and Fisher's information measure is derived in Section Section 11 contains a detailed discussion of all assumptions and results and may be consulted in a first reading to obtain an overview of this work; questions of interpretation of the quantum theoretical formalism are also discussed in this section.

In Section 12 , open questions for future research are listed. On Probability With regard to the role of probability, three types of physical theories may be distinguished. Single events are completely described by their known initial values and deterministic laws differential equations. Classical mechanics is obviously such a theory. We include this type of theory, where probability does not play any role, in our classification scheme because it provides a basis for the following two types of theories.

Therefore, no predictions on individual events are possible, despite the fact that deterministic laws describing individual events are valid. In order to verify a prediction of a type 2 theory, a large number of identically prepared experiments must be performed. We have no problems to understand or to interpret such a theory because we know it is just our lack of knowledge which causes the uncertainty.

An example is given by classical statistical mechanics. Of course, in order to construct a type 2 theory, one needs a type 1 theory providing the deterministic laws. We may not only work with unknown initial values but with unknown laws as well. In type 3 theories, there are no deterministic laws describing individual events, only probabilities can be assigned. There is no need to mention initial values for particle trajectories any more initial values for probabilistic dynamical variables are still required.