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NOTE ON SIMPLICITY AND STATISTICAL EXPLANATIONS OF CORRELATIONS

Stergiou, Chrysovalantis (2016) NOTE ON SIMPLICITY AND STATISTICAL EXPLANATIONS OF CORRELATIONS. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this note, I discuss the simplicity of rival statistical explanations of a correlation, couched in terms of Reichenbachian Common Cause Systems. Simplicity is analyzed in two components, the so-called intrinsic and contextual simplicity. I show that if one disentangles simplicity from explanatory power then the size of the system provides an adequate for simplicity in both of its dimensions.


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Stergiou, Chrysovalantis
Keywords: Simplicity, Reichenbachian Common Cause Systems, Scientific Explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Chrysovalantis Stergiou
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2016 16:16
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2016 16:16
Item ID: 12624
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: November 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12624

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