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Quote: von Neumann on Overfitting

I remember my friend Johnny von Neumann used to say, with four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk. includes the quote attributed to Hungarian-American mathematician John von Neumann (1903 - 1957). The full quote was relayed by Enrico Fermi in 1953 when he was asked about the value of a result that used four free parameters in fitting experimental results. (see "A meeting with Enrico Fermi" "Nature" 427: p. 297.)
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Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-13 10:12:00
Date Last Modified 2009-11-13 10:12:00
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Author Name John von Neumann
Author Organization Princeton University
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