The Role of Occam's Razor in Knowledge Discovery
Many KDD systems incorporate an implicit or explicit preference for simpler models, but this use of "Occam's razor" has been strongly criticized by several authors (e.g., Schaffer, 1993; Webb, 1996). This controversy arises partly because Occam's razor has been interpreted in two quite different ways. The first interpretation (simplicity is a goal in itself) is essentially correct, but is at heart a preference for more comprehensible models. The second interpretation (simplicity leads to...