# 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 OccamsRazor 2013-03-22 14:44:14 2013-03-22 14:44:14 CWoo (3771) CWoo (3771) 9 CWoo (3771) Definition msc 62-07 msc 00A20 msc 62A01 law of parsimony