principle (or law) of parsimony

principle (or law) of parsimony
the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 — 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

  • 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

  • Occam's razor — For the aerial theatre company, see Ockham s Razor Theatre Company. It is possible to describe the other planets in the solar system as revolving around the Earth, but that explanation is unnecessarily complex compared to the modern consensus… …   Wikipedia

  • List of philosophy topics (I-Q) — II and thou I Ching I Ching I proposition I Thou I Thou relationshipIaIamblichus (philosopher)IbYahya Ibn Adi Yahya Ibn Adi Ibn al Arabi Muhyi al Din Ibn al Arabi Abu Bakr Ibn Bajja Abu Bakr Ibn Bājja Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Yahya Ibn as Say igh… …   Wikipedia

  • Ockham's razor — n. OCCAM S RAZOR * * * Methodological principle of parsimony in scientific explanation. Traditionally attributed to William of Ockham, the principle prescribes that entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity. In practice, this means that… …   Universalium

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