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parsimony

[′pär·sə‚mō·nē]
(science and technology)
The principle that the simplest scientific explanation is best.
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The answer to this is not to retreat into Scrooge-like parsimony.
Family shapes us; Parsimony exposes this truth with effortlessly elegant prose and characters who linger.
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Mustafa Resit Akcay's men are looking for a fifth consecutive clean sheet too and their defensive parsimony has earned them two wins and two draws in that run.
We identified this gene highly polymorphic as 10 different polymorphic sites (3 singleton and 7 Parsimony informative sites) were detected that may be related to the variability in the immune responsiveness of different individuals to particular pathogens.
Finally, I look at the critical role parsimony plays in the shaping and development of said models.
In seriousness, you do not need to have been a long-standing supporter to know that parsimony and worrying where the next brass farthing is coming from, far from being the exception down the years, has in fact been the rule.
In exploring the phylogenetic relationships within the taxa, phylogenetic methods that assume bifurcating trees, neighbor joining, maximum likelihood, maximum parsimony and minimum evolution are often used to explore the relationships though gene evolution cannot always be represented in this manner.
For maximum parsimony we used PAUP* (Swofford, 2002) in a heuristic search with tree bisection reconnection branch swapping.
Maximum Likelihood and Maximum Parsimony criteria were used to describe the phylogenetic placement with other species included in the present study.
Maximum Parsimony Analysis was used to infer evolutionary history.
While IR audiences tend to favor conceptual parsimony, professional political philosophers have lately tended to equate analytic rigor with the proliferation of distinctions and the expansion of conceptual vocabularies; rigor is achieved in this book on the philosophers' terms.