principle of parsimony


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Noun1.principle of parsimony - the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
principle, rule - a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
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Masters continues this research with the intent of initiating informed dialog about UFOs via an abductive method of inquiry that is firmly rooted in science and the principle of parsimony. Masters hopes this rigorous yet reserved scientific approach can help peel back the veil of stigma currently associated with this phenomenon, and bring into the developing conversation a broad audience of both believers and skeptics, as well as those in the commonly incredulous scientific community.
Is it truly extraordinary and therefore an adequate basis for abandoning the principle of parsimony regarding the study of animal behavior, amongst positions such as behavior analysis?
Two, the principle of parsimony should guide decisions over what conditions of release to impose--meaning that burdens placed on defendants and restrictions of their liberty should not exceed the legitimate interests of the government.
This model is built to avoid too high order in ARCH models that are based on the principle of parsimony or choose a simple model, so it will ensure the variance is always positive.
Finally, the best model has been chosen among all candidate models based on the model fitting statistics, the accuracy of the classification results, and the validity of the model assumptions, and the principle of parsimony.

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