Discovery is much like mining

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Discovery is much like mining. We must separate the inessential and confusing  from the actual effect. We want to eliminate the uncontrolled variability which  obscures the important effect. In sum, research elegance is the insightful use of  simplicity.  If you sort instances into positive and negative instances then you can  define the boundary which separates them. That separation rule is a  major advancement in our knowledge. Just the same as finding the outline  of the steam shovel at the bottom of the lake made it obvious what it was.  Regularities provide you with a method of simplifying the booming  confusion of nature. A single simple rule can extract or make  comprehendible much of the obtained variance. For example, the  fluctuating activity of an organism can be better understood by noting how  it shifts with the light cycle.  If you make a wrong prediction either you discovered something about 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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