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Simplicity, Inference and Modelling: Keeping It Sophisticatedly Simple

Simplicity, Inference and Modelling: Keeping It Sophisticatedly Simple

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The idea that simplicity matters in science is as old as science itself, with the much cited example of Ockham's Razor. A problem with Ockham's Razor is that nearly everybody seems to accept it, but few are able to define its exact meaning and to make it operational in a non-arbitrary way. Using a multidisciplinary perspective including philosophers, mathematicians, econometricians and economists, this monograph examines simplicity by asking six questions: What is meant by simplicity? How is simplicity measured? Is there an optimum trade-off between simplicity and goodness-of-fit? What is the relation between simplicity and empirical modelling? What is the relation between simplicity and prediction? What is the connection between simplicity and convenience?

Author: Arnold Zellner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 10/15/2009
Pages: 316
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.02lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.71d
ISBN: 9780521121354

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