There is a famous saying in physics: "With four parameters I can fit an elephant and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk."(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Firstly, does anyone know whodefinitelysaid it?

Secondly, what exactly does it mean in Layman's terms? I have a rough idea, which goes as follows:

Researcher: I have a mathematical model, and with the parameters it has it fits the publishes data very well.

Supervisor: Your model fits the data. So what? With 4 parameters I can fit an elephant...

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# Parameters and Elephants

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