parsimony, law of


parsimony, law of
Another name for Ockham's razor, or more generally for any methodological principle that counsels us to expect nature to use the simplest possible means to any given end.

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  • Parsimony — is a less is better concept of frugality, economy, stinginess or caution in arriving at a hypothesis or course of action. The word derives from Middle English parcimony , from Latin parsimonia , from parsus , past participle of parcere : to spare …   Wikipedia

  • law of parsimony — law′ of par′simony n. pho Occam s razor • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • parsimony — [ pα:sɪməni] noun extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources. Phrases principle (or law) of parsimony the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. Origin ME: from L. parsimonia,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • law of parsimony — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑Ockham s Razor, ↑principle of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • parsimony — n. 1 carefulness in the use of money or other resources. 2 meanness, stinginess. Phrases and idioms: law of parsimony the assertion that no more causes or forces should be assumed than are necessary to account for the facts. Derivatives:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • law of parsimony — Date: 1837 Occam s razor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Law of Parsimony — Occam s razor (other things being equal, the simpler hypothesis is chosen) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • law of parsimony — Philos. a principle according to which an explanation of a thing or event is made with the fewest possible assumptions. Cf. Occam s razor. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • lawof parsimony — law of parsimony n. See Ockham s razor. * * * …   Universalium

  • principle (or law) of parsimony — the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. → parsimony …   English new terms dictionary


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