Occam's Razor



One should not increase, beyond what is necessary,

the number of entities required to explain anything.


Occam's razor is a logical principle attributed to the mediaeval philosopher William of Occam (or Ockham). The principle states that one should not make more assumptions than the minimum needed. This principle is often called the Principle of Parsimony. It underlies all scientific modeling and theory building. It admonishes us to choose from a set of otherwise equivalent models of a given phenomenon the simplest one. In any given model, Occam's razor helps us to "shave off" those concepts, variables or constructs that are not really needed to explain the phenomenon. By doing that, developing the model will become much easier, and there is less chance of introducing inconsistencies, ambiguities and redundancies



Principle of Parsimony


Principle of Simplicity



A criterion for deciding among scientific theories or explanations.  One should always choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic.



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