# Bayes not Bust! Why Simplicity is no Problem for Bayesians1

@article{Dowe2007BayesNB, title={Bayes not Bust! Why Simplicity is no Problem for Bayesians1}, author={David L. Dowe and Steve Gardner and Graham Oppy}, journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science}, year={2007}, volume={58}, pages={709 - 754} }

The advent of formal definitions of the simplicity of a theory has important implications for model selection. But what is the best way to define simplicity? Forster and Sober ([1994]) advocate the use of Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC), a non-Bayesian formalisation of the notion of simplicity. This forms an important part of their wider attack on Bayesianism in the philosophy of science. We defend a Bayesian alternative: the simplicity of a theory is to be characterised in terms of…

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