NOTE ON SIMPLICITY AND STATISTICAL EXPLANATIONS OF CORRELATIONS

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12624
Author(s):
Stergiou, Chrysovalantis
preprint description
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.