Symmetry and Self-Duality in Categories of Probabilistic Models

Alexander Wilce

This note adds to the recent spate of derivations of the probabilistic apparatus of finite-dimensional quantum theory from various axiomatic packages. We offer two different axiomatic packages that lead easily to the Jordan algebraic structure of finite-dimensional quantum theory. The derivation relies on the Koecher-Vinberg Theorem, which sets up an equivalence between order-unit spaces having homogeneous, self-dual cones, and formally real Jordan algebras.

In Bart Jacobs, Peter Selinger and Bas Spitters: Proceedings 8th International Workshop on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL 2011), Nijmegen, Netherlands, October 27-29, 2011, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 95, pp. 275–279.
Published: 1st October 2012.

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