# Occam’s razor

The following example in statistics illustrates the principle of *Occam’s razor*. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_RazorArticle on Occam’s Razor on Wikipedia for a thorough discussion, mathematical or not, of this principle, which is also known as the *principle of parsimony*.

Example in statistics:

Given the following ten pairs of hypothetical observations of continuous^{} response variable $Y$ and continuous explanatory variable $X$:

Title | Occam’s razor |
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Canonical name | OccamsRazor |

Date of creation | 2013-03-22 14:44:14 |

Last modified on | 2013-03-22 14:44:14 |

Owner | CWoo (3771) |

Last modified by | CWoo (3771) |

Numerical id | 9 |

Author | CWoo (3771) |

Entry type | Definition |

Classification | msc 62-07 |

Classification | msc 00A20 |

Classification | msc 62A01 |

Synonym | law of parsimony |

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