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parsimony

Postby KatyBr » Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:31 am

Main Entry: par·si·mo·ny
Pronunciation: pär-s-m-n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere to spare
1 a : the quality of being careful with money or resources : THRIFT b : the quality or state of being stingy
2 : economy in the use of means to an end; especially : economy of explanation in conformity with Occam's razor


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Postby tcward » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:33 am

I think I've only encountered this word in its adjectival form, parsimonious.

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Re: parsimony

Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:44 pm

KatyBr wrote:
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2 : economy in the use of means to an end; especially : economy of explanation in conformity with Occam's razor


Thats the one logicians shave with, Katy, in order to get kissed....

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Postby uncronopio » Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:22 pm

Katy, I am normally looking for parsimony when developing statistical models. That is, a model as simple as possible but not simpler (phrase often attributed to Einstein).
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Re: parsimony

Postby KatyBr » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:27 am

M. Henri Day wrote:
KatyBr wrote:
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2 : economy in the use of means to an end; especially : economy of explanation in conformity with Occam's razor


Thats the one logicians shave with, Katy, in order to get kissed....

Henri

you are referring to the rebarbative post right?

LOL

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Postby M. Henri Day » Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:41 pm

Yes, indeedy, Katy (the link works for me ; does it for you ?) !...

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