“With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.” — John von Neumann

Related post: Occam’s razor and Bayes’ theorem

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“With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.” — John von Neumann

Related post: Occam’s razor and Bayes’ theorem

What was he getting at when he said this? That more variables means the model has less value?

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Furry cows moo and decompress.

Sometimes Gauss is credited for this quote

http://levenspiel.com/octave/elephant.htm

I couldn’t find the Chemical Innovation article where Levenspiel published his elephant curve model though.