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Methodology Carnegie Mellon

Summary: Philosophy
Carnegie Mellon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Ockham Efficiency Theorem for Stochastic Empirical Methods
Conor Mayo-Wilson and Kevin Kelly
May 19, 2010
Technical Report No. CMU-PHIL-186
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Ockham Efficiency Theorem for Stochastic Empirical Methods
Kevin T. Kelly
Conor Mayo-Wilson
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Abstract Ockham's razor is the principle that, all other things being equal, scientists ought
to prefer simpler theories. In recent years, philosophers have argued that simpler theories
make better predictions, possess theoretical virtues like explanatory power, and have other
pragmatic virtues like computational tractability. However, such arguments fail to explain
how and why a preference for simplicity can help one find true theories in scientific inquiry,


Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Collections: Mathematics