March 2, 2006

keep it simple, stupid!

Posted in proverb at 1:18 pm by Feng

Occam’s razor — “plurality should not be assumed without necessity” [wiki]

I came across this “Occam’s razor” when reading the book: “An introduction to bioinformatics algorithms”. Occam’s Razor is a time-honored principle; It has important influences on the algorithmic developments in bioinformatics. In simple terms, it says “keep it simple, stupid!“. Aristotle also wrote something similar over two thousand years ago: “Nature operates in the shortest way possible.”


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