Article by Ken Thompson, 06 Apr 2017
Occam's (or Ockham's) razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. Ockham was the village in the English county of Surrey where he was born.
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The principle states that "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."
Occam's razor has been popularly interpreted in support of “simplicity” and one of its modern re-statements is: "when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."
It is also a critical principle to apply to business simulation design as the control of complexity is often the biggest challenge.
One of the other terms I find helpful is “requisite complexity” – just enough complexity to get the job done and not an iota more!
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