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==Summary==
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'''Occam's razor''' is a principle commonly stated as "Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity". When several theories are able to explain the same observations, Occam's razor suggests the simpler one is preferable. It must be noted that Occam's razor is a requirement for the simplicity of ''theories'', not for the size of the systems described by those theories. For example, the immensity of the Universe isn't at odds with the principle of Occam's razor.
  
'''Occam's razor''' is a principle commonly stated as "Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity". When several theories are able to explain the same observations, Occam's Razor suggests the simpler one is preferable.
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Occam's razor has also joking been referred to as "[[Solomonoff's lightsaber]]", in reference to [[Solomonoff induction]].
  
Occam's razor has also joking been referred to as "Solomonoff's Lightsaber", in reference to [[Solomonoff induction]].
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==Primary article==
  
==References==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jp/occams_razor/ Occam's Razor] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
=====Overcoming Bias Article=====
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==Related concepts==
* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/09/occams-razor.html Occam's Razor] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] on [[Overcoming Bias]]
 
  
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*[[Solomonoff induction]]
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*[[Priors]]
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==Other posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/q3/decoherence_is_simple/ Decoherence is Simple] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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Occam's razor is a principle commonly stated as "Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity". When several theories are able to explain the same observations, Occam's razor suggests the simpler one is preferable. It must be noted that Occam's razor is a requirement for the simplicity of theories, not for the size of the systems described by those theories. For example, the immensity of the Universe isn't at odds with the principle of Occam's razor.

Occam's razor has also joking been referred to as "Solomonoff's lightsaber", in reference to Solomonoff induction.

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Related concepts

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