On the Bayesian “ Occam Factors ” Argument for Occam ’ s Razor

This paper discusses some of the problematic aspects of the Bayesian fIrst-principles "proof' of Occam's razor which involves Occam factors. Although it is true that the posterior for a model is reduced due to Occam factors if that model is capable of expressing many functions, the phenomenon need not have anything to do with Occam's razor. This paper shows… CONTINUE READING