Occamism

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Occamism ok′am-mizm the doctrine of the nominalist schoolman, William of Occam or Ockham (c. 1270-1349)
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Usage

In literature:

In honour of his maternal grandfather, Sir Hercules Occam of Bishop's Occam, he was christened Hercules.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
Dan Occam thought of that, invincible doctor.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He studied in Paris under William of Occam.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The cause of the Nominalists was almost desperate, till Occam in the fourteenth century revived the dying embers.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
For Occam's sake, be specific!
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Occam's razor always points the way.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Occam's razor has no answer for hallucinations.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
Occam, leader of scholasticism, 122.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Occam, William of, 379.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
His work consists in the systematic development of the views of his master, William of Occam.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

The Close Shave of Occam’s Razor.
The Close Shave of Occam's Razor.
The topic for Monday, Nov 12, is Occam's Razor and how it may be applied to a variety of philosophical positions.
Many are familiar with the Occam 's Razor theory which implies, in a nutshell, that the simplest answer is most often the correct answer.
Honduras, Obama, and Occam 's Razor.
Bob Berman's Strange Universe: Applying Occam 's razor.
Occam 's Razor Just Got Sharper.
Occam 's razor is the principle that, given two hypotheses consistent with the observed data, the simpler one should be preferred.
The fourteenth-century theologian William of Occam was so fond of critiquing his colleagues' complex arguments that his rule of thumb--that the simplest solution to a problem is probably the correct one--became known as Occam 's razor.
Bob Berman's Strange Universe: Applying Occam's razor.
The fourteenth-century theologian William of Occam was so fond of critiquing his colleagues' complex arguments that his rule of thumb--that the simplest solution to a problem is probably the correct one--became known as Occam's razor.
Occam's Razor: use the simplest means possible to accomplish your goal.
In an age of information overload and too many choices, author Matthew E May applies Occam's razor — the simplest answer is often the best — to innovation.
Scott Logie, the managing director of Occam, has been promoted by parent company St Ives to a group-wide strategic marketing director role.
Occam's Razor and the Face on Mars.
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In science:

Using Occam’s Razor this coincidence is best explained by the existence of dark matter.
The Search for Dark Matter, Einstein's Cosmology and MOND
However, from a model selection point of view the choice of the variable one puts flat priors on is of great importance, since the available parameter space under the prior enters in the calculation of the Occam’s factor for the model, see the discussion in Trotta (2005).
The isocurvature fraction after WMAP 3-year data
At present, Occam’s razor is perfectly compatible with the simplest possibility, namely purely adiabatic initial conditions.
The isocurvature fraction after WMAP 3-year data
The Bayesian evidence sets up a tension between the ability of a model to fit the data and the prior predictiveness of the model, in a quantitative implementation of Occam’s razor.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
Conceptually, it seems we have to learn to live in a multi-component complex Universe, which perhaps takes us away from an idealized model motivated by Occam’s razor.
Moriond Conference Summary: The Cosmological Model(s)
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