[R] Occams Razor Was: lm -- significance of x ...

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Thu Sep 28 13:00:07 CEST 2000

"Uli Flenker; Raum 704" <uli at biochem.dshs-koeln.de> writes:

> PS: Occam of course came from England (and spent his last years in
> Germany). So what I quoted has been translated from english to german and
> vice versa several times; and the weakest link in the chain is definetely
> me! I hope this is not too big a problem. 

I think Occam/Ockham himself wrote in Latin. By my failing memory, the
quote is 

"Entia non runt multiplicanda praeter necessitam"

give or take a couple of incorrect inflexions. I.e. "Entities should
not multiply unless necessary" -- do not invent more elaborate
explanations than what is necessary to explain the facts.

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