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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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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 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.
There is a growing sense in Melbourne among those performing at the year's first grand slam of the season, which has showered generosity on the players to record-breaking extent, that the comparative parsimony of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will lead to the first boycott in the sport since 81 players refused to play at Wimbledon in 1973, the paper added.
Methods: Phylogenetic inference calculations were based on partial mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COX 1), 16S ribosomal RNA and nuclear histone subunit 3 (H3) genes using maximum likelihood, maximum parsimony and Bayesian approaches.
Should the UK elect a new government not wedded to these stringent cuts the Tories say will have to be pursued for at least a decade, then there is every possibility Wales will regain the health facilities it lost during the years of parsimony with England controlling the purse strings.
But if you want some tips on how to really slash your living costs, then The Ultimate Guide to Penny Pinching (Channel 4, 8pm) profiles the people who have taken parsimony to new extremes.
A longish period of consumer parsimony will speed up changes to; what we buy and where we buy it, changes traditionalists and backward-looking romantics have decried and vainly tried to reverse.
The approach adopted by the council, an observer might think, is one of pennypinching parsimony.