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Occam's razor

A maxim that the simplest theory should be applied to a situation or experiment first. This concept is named for its ardent defender, 14th-century philosopher William of Occam. I think our initial hypothesis is too complex. Occam's razor would suggest we consider the simplest possible explanation.
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Occam's razor

the principle that in explaining something no more assumptions should be made than are necessary.
This principle takes its name from the English philosopher and Franciscan friar William of Occam ( c .1285–1349 ): the image is that of the razor cutting away all extraneous assumptions.
See also: razor
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After all, Ockham's Razor specialises in creating physical theatre on original pieces of aerial equipment to create stories from the vulnerability, trust and reliance that exist between people in the air.
Now acquiring a reputation as one of the UK's most talented and innovative performance companies, Ockham's Razor is back at the LBT with two pieces, Memento Mori and Arc.
Zolfo; costume designer, Marlene Stewart; sound (Dolby Digital/SDDS/Datasat), Steve Cantamessa; sound designers, Warren Hendriks, Craig Henighan; supervising sound editor, Henighan; re-recording mixer, Paul Massey; stunt coordinator, Garrett Warren; animatronic supervisor, John Rosengrant; liveaction animatronic and robotic effects, Legacy FX; special effects supervisor, Joey DiGaetano; visual effects supervisor, Erik Nash; visual effects, Digital Domain, Cantina Creative Digital Neural Axis, Ockham's Razor, associate producer, Ron Ames; assistant director, Josh McLaglen; casting, David Rubin, Richard Hicks.
In fact most of my review tracks many of the particulars of Hodgson's letter, such as the last paragraph in which he says Ockham's razor explains Moynihan's liberal voting record.
EUROPE'S finest aerial and acrobatic companies, The Mill, launches the 25th birthday season of Playbox Theatre tonight and tomorrow with Ockham's Razor at the Dream Factory in Shelley Avenue, Warwick.
Appealing to Ockham's razor, to model the number of dry days in January, the starting point would be a binomial model that has each day in January having a probability p of being dry, with the result of each day being independent of every other day.
Ockham's Razor holds that problems should never intentionally be made more complicated than they need to be: The simplest answer is usually the right answer.
WHEN Ockham's Razor first visited the Wales Millennium Centre I was completely hooked - and eagerly awaited the magical company's return.
Ockham's razor and the conditions of learning', The Reading Teacher, Vol 54, pp.
For me, the experience of finding the best solution reinforced that to teach is to learn twice--from following my student's guidance to remembering why I always need to keep Ockham's razor (4) in the top drawer of my own digital toolkit.
Perhaps this is explained by a principle used in philosophy and science called Ockham's razor, named after 14th Century Franciscan friar William of Ockham.
029 2030 4400 THEATRE Tipping Point Ockham's Razor return with their new show Tipping Point, winner of the Total Theatre and Jacksons Lane Circus Award at Edinburgh Festival 2016.
Ockham's razor favors my definition over McKitrick's definition.
30pm, prepared to be astonished by the physical antics of Ockham's Razor, a company that combines circus skills with visual theatre.