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Questions tagged [occams-razor]

Occam's/Ockham's razor is a principle, created by William of Ockham, that can be summarized as "Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected".

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Could generalization of scientific theories be possible by just adding an ad hoc hypothesis?

In a seventeenth century world the Newtonian model did mostly very well to describe how gravity works in the universe and did well with most empirical evidence of that time. Of course now we know that ...
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Counterexamples to Occam's Razor and tautology

I read here and here that, strictly speaking, there are no counterexamples to Occam's rozar, because the latter implies no need for pluralism when unecessary, which is to be understood as "for the ...
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Are many razors subsets of Occam's

Looking at the list of razors, it seems quite a few are defining which truth is simple and should be assumed rather than a different option. Be it conversational implication over semantic context, or ...
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Razor to favor simpler methodology

problem : Two methodologies can be used to solve the same problem. One methodology is simple while the second is complex. question : Is there a razor to support methodology one? Or is there a ...