Instrumentalism, Parsimony, and the Akaike Framework

@article{Sober2002InstrumentalismPA,
  title={Instrumentalism, Parsimony, and the Akaike Framework},
  author={Elliott Sober},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={69},
  pages={S112 - S123}
}
  • E. Sober
  • Published 2002
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
Akaike’s framework for thinking about model selection in terms of the goal of predictive accuracy and his criterion for model selection have important philosophical implications. Scientists often test models whose truth values they already know, and they often decline to reject models that they know full well are false. Instrumentalism helps explain this pervasive feature of scientific practice, and Akaike’s framework helps provide instrumentalism with the epistemology it needs. Akaike’s… Expand
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