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22-24 June 2012, Workshop on Foundations for Ockham's Razor

Date: 22-24 June 2012
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Formal Epistemology

Scientific theory choice is guided by judgments of simplicity, a bias frequently referred to as "Ockham's Razor". But what is simplicity and how, if at all, does it help science find the truth? Should we view simple theories as means for obtaining accurate predictions, as classical statisticians recommend? Or should we believe the theories themselves, as Bayesian methods seem to justify? The aim of this workshop is to re-examine the foundations of Ockham's razor, with a firm focus on the connections, if any, between simplicity and truth.

For more information, see: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/org/cfe/ockam-foundations.html

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