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 continuousMathworldPlanetmath response variable Y and continuous explanatory variable X:

Title Occam’s razor
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)
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Author CWoo (3771)
Entry type Definition
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Classification msc 00A20
Classification msc 62A01
Synonym law of parsimony