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    Comment on ``Consistency, amplitudes and probabilities in quantum theory'' by A. Caticha

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    A carefully written paper by A. Caticha [Phys. Rev. A57, 1572 (1998)] applies consistency arguments to derive the quantum mechanical rules for compounding probability amplitudes in much the same way as earlier work by the present author [J. Math. Phys. 29, 398 (1988) and Int. J. Theor. Phys. 27, 543 (1998)]. These works are examined together to find the minimal assumptions needed to obtain the most general results

    Anomalous aging phenomena caused by drift velocities

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    We demonstrate via several examples that a uniform drift velocity gives rise to anomalous aging, characterized by a specific form for the two-time correlation functions, in a variety of statistical-mechanical systems far from equilibrium. Our first example concerns the oscillatory phase observed recently in a model of competitive learning. Further examples, where the proposed theory is exact, include the voter model and the Ohta-Jasnow-Kawasaki theory for domain growth in any dimension, and a theory for the smoothing of sandpile surfaces.Comment: 7 pages, 3 figures. To appear in Europhysics Letter