RE: [S] Cox quote?

Traub, Richard J (
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 13:55:01 -0700

Ed Malthouse asks:

I colleague mentioned a quote that I would like to track down the
source of. She thought it was made by D. R. Cox.

"All models are wrong; some are useful."

Sections 1.1 and 1.2 of Cox and Hinkley's _Theoretical Statistics_
give beautiful discussion to this effect, but not in so few words.


According to a posting last year on the Riskanal list, the answer is:

All Models Are Wrong But Some Are Useful
(note Caps are as in the quote)

George E.P. Box

Page 202 of "Robustness is the Strategy of Scientific Model Building" in
Robustness in Statistics. eds., R.L. Launer and G.N. Wilkinson, 1979, Academic

Hope this helps

Rick Traub

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