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principle of parsimony

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  • principle of parsimony — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑Ockham s Razor, ↑law of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parsimony — is a less is better concept of frugality, economy, stinginess or caution in arriving at a hypothesis or course of action. The word derives from Middle English parcimony , from Latin parsimonia , from parsus , past participle of parcere : to spare …   Wikipedia

  • principle (or law) of parsimony — the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. → parsimony …   English new terms dictionary

  • parsimony — parsimony, parsimonious The principle that the best statistical model among all satisfactory models is that with the fewest parameters. Hence, more generally, the principle which asserts that if it is possible to explain a phenomenon equally… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Principle of least effort — The principle of least effort is a broad theory that covers diverse fields from evolutionary biology to webpage design. It postulates that animals, people, even well designed machines will naturally choose the path of least resistance or effort …   Wikipedia

  • parsimony — [ pα:sɪməni] noun extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources. Phrases principle (or law) of parsimony the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. Origin ME: from L. parsimonia,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • parsimony — in phylogenetic systematics, the principle that the phylogeny requiring the least number of character changes is most likely correct (simpler is better). Use of many characters may swamp reversals and convergences as these are relatively rare and …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • parsimony — noun a) Great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily. b) By analogy from (1), principle of using the least resources or explanations to solve a problem. Syn: economy, frugality, stinginess, niggardliness See Also: parsimonious …   Wiktionary

  • parsimony, law of — Another name for Ockham s razor, or more generally for any methodological principle that counsels us to expect nature to use the simplest possible means to any given end …   Philosophy dictionary

  • law of parsimony — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑Ockham s Razor, ↑principle of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • law of parsimony — Philos. a principle according to which an explanation of a thing or event is made with the fewest possible assumptions. Cf. Occam s razor. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

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