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parsimony

[′pär·sə‚mō·nē]
(science and technology)
The principle that the simplest scientific explanation is best.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Use of the EU organic' logo would be awarded with parsimony. In order to avoid confusion over the origin of organic food shipments, the country of origin should also be clearly identified on packaging where the logo, guaranteeing compliance with European standards, is awarded.
The Grass Phylogeny Working Group research consortium described the evolutionary relationships of representative species within major grass subfamilies using macromorphology, anatomy, biochemistry, and molecular features such as restriction endonuclease maps of the chloroplast genome and the nucleotide sequence of chloroplast (ndhF, rbcL and rpoC2) and nuclear (phyB, and waxy) genes and intergenic ribosomal RNA (rRNA) spacers, and maximum parsimony methods of tree reconstruction (Grass Phylogeny Working Group, 2001).
"Then, in all places and among all people, the ardent article was freely used, and no one seemed conscious of any thing amiss in the practice, and to have failed to have had an ample supply of the popular beverage at gatherings of all kinds, and especially at associations, would have been considered an indication of parsimony or neglect" (90-91).
Skinner (1938) would later write that it was Conway Lloyd Morgan who, "with his law of parsimony, dispensed with [mental faculties in animals] in a reasonably successful attempt to account for characteristic animal behavior without them." (1938, p.
All artists have their legendary side, and there is no story of Myron Stout that doesn't begin with tales of the extreme parsimony of his output.
The medieval philosopher William of Ockbam codified and popularized the doctrine of parsimony that states, in its most basic form, that the simplest explanation that fits the observed phenomena is the best.
Phylogenetic analyses were performed by the distance and parsimony method.
These are times that call for thrift verging on parsimony in state spending.
But while this "excess" recalls Rahner's Vorgriff and Aquinas's excessus (both more than cognitive), and reveals something called spirit, parsimony requires us to explore emergentism and science from below before recourse to divine excess.
Compare that with the comparative parsimony in the pre-enlargement 15 member EU and Norway: 2.6 per cent in 2003 and 3 per cent in 2002.
If she leaves him, it will be because she's tired of his longstanding parsimony, not just because you've acknowledged it.