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Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave Mark

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Starting Simple

Fourteenth-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Occam is credited with one of the most useful notions in all of science. Occam’s razor states, “Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.” For those of you who don’t speak Latin (I admit that I must include myself here), this roughly translates as “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.” There have been plenty of restatements of this edict that are a bit clearer. Two of the more oft-quoted are “all other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best” and “the simplest explanation that covers all the facts is usually the best.”

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