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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Short Answer No. One of the other answers posted links to the last several decades of analytic efforts to do this "objectively" through calculation bit length, and Kolmogorov demonstrated ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

You might try Juliet Floyd who I think has a deep analysis of simplicity and has a lovely quote on it: "As we shall show in what follows, in philosophy, in mathematics, and in art there has been ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured? I will assume that this only applies to rational thinking, and that the reasoning could be fully articulated in a formal way. If so, we can ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Yes, see Solomonoff's theory of inductive inference. The idea is that you start with a formal language that lets you formally describe mutually exclusive hypotheses. And then we can measure simplicity ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

If any given standard of "sufficient evidence" is applied objectively to different claims, each with it's own evidence, this standard leads to the conclusions that each of those claims are ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence? No, there is not, in the sense of there being one standard for any decision, regardless of the topic at hand, the gravity of the decision to be ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

Yes, all claims to be "objective" fall to ultimate subjectivity. Every observation, is a subjective observation every threshold of relevance, is a judgment choice every conclusion, is a ...
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