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Succinctness is a characteristic of speech,[1] writing,[2] data structure,[3] algorithmic games,[4] and thought in general,[5] exhibiting both clarity and brevity.

Brevity in succinctness is not achieved by shortening original material by coding or compressing it, but rather by omitting redundant material from it.


  1. ^ Garner, Bryan A. (2009). Garner on Language and Writing: Selected Essays and Speeches of Bryan A. Garner. Chicago: American Bar Association. p. 295. ISBN 1-60442-445-1. 
  2. ^ Leslie Kurke, Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose, Princeton University Press, 2010, pp. 131–2, 135.
  3. ^ Jacobson, G. J (1988). Succinct static data structures.
  4. ^ Papadimitriou, C.H. (2007). "The Complexity of Finding Nash Equilibria". In Nisan, Noam; Roughgarden, Tim; Tardos, Éva et al. Algorithmic Game Theory. Cambridge University Press. pp. 29–52. ISBN 978-0-521-87282-9. 
  5. ^ Ariew, Roger (1976). Ockham's Razor: A Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Ockham's Principle of Parsimony. Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois.