parsimony, parsimonious
The principle that the best statistical model among all satisfactory models is that with the fewest parameters. Hence, more generally, the principle which asserts that if it is possible to explain a phenomenon equally adequately in a number of different ways, then the simplest of explanations (in terms of the number of variables or propositions) should be selected.

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  • Parsimonious — Par si*mo ni*ous, a. [Cf. F. parcimonieux. See {Parsimony}.] Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy. {Par si*mo ni*ous*ly}, adv. {Par si*mo ni*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] A prodigal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parsimonious — I adjective acquisitive, avaricious, chary, cheap, close, closefisted, curmudgeonly, economical, excessively frugal, frugal, grasping, grudging, illiberal, mean, mercenary, miserly, niggardly, parcus, penny pinching, penurious, petty, restrictus …   Law dictionary

  • parsimonious — (adj.) 1590s, from L. parsimonia (see PARSIMONY (Cf. parsimony)). Not originally with the suggestion of stinginess. Related: Parsimoniously; parsimoniousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • parsimonious — niggardly, penurious, *stingy, close, close fisted, tight, tightfisted, miserly, cheeseparing, penny pinching Analogous words: avaricious, *covetous, grasping, greedy: *sparing, frugal: *mean, ignoble, sordid, abject Antonyms: prodigal Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parsimonious — [adj] penny pinching avaricious, chintzy*, close, frugal, greedy, illiberal, mean, miserly, penurious, prudent, saving, scrimpy, selfish, skinflint*, sparing, stingy*, tight*, tightfisted*, tightwad*; concepts 334,401 Ant. generous, lavish,… …   New thesaurus

  • parsimonious — [pär΄sə mō′nē əs] adj. characterized by parsimony; miserly; close SYN. STINGY1 parsimoniously adv. parsimoniousness n …   English World dictionary

  • parsimonious — parsimony par‧si‧mo‧ny [ˈpɑːsɪməni ǁ ˈpɑːrsˌmoʊni] noun [uncountable] formal extreme unwillingness to spend money: • The gap between government parsimony and the needs of sport is filled by commercial sponsorship. parsimonious adjective : • Some …   Financial and business terms

  • parsimonious — adjective /pɑr.sɪˈmoʊn.i.əs/ a) Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy. The first three college savings plans stand out for their parsimonious expenses... b) Using a minimal number of …   Wiktionary

  • parsimonious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. stingy, selfish, tight, frugal; see greedy 1 , stingy . See Synonym Study at stingy . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [PAR suh MOH nee us] miserly, stingy. The parsimonious old fool recycled… …   English dictionary for students

  • parsimonious — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)sɪmo͟ʊniəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) Someone who is parsimonious is very unwilling to spend money. [FORMAL] Syn: stingy …   English dictionary

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