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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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Person's chi-square and pseudo R squares), the accuracy of the classification results, the principle of parsimony, and the stability of parameter estimation.
It seems that the principle of parsimony (entia non esse multiplicanda praeter necessitatem) serves as the model of rationality and as the regulative principle for the world.
The article also applies the principle of parsimony to spelling ("discrete" for "discreet," 122).
In addition, this proof relies on fewer assumptions; hence, it is superior by the principle of parsimony (also known as Occam's Razor).
There is already a superfluity of lives in the world, and he cites the philosopher Occam's principle of parsimony ("Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily") to justify a novelist's using real people as characters.

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