George E. P. Box

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George Edward Pelham Box (born 18 October 1919) is Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin, and a pioneer in the areas of quality control, time series analysis, design of experiments and Bayesian inference. He was the son-in-law of Sir Ronald Fisher.


  • Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.
    • Box, George E. P.; Norman R. Draper (1987). Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces, p. 424, Wiley. ISBN 0471810339.
    • Variations:
      • Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.
        • Box and Draper, Empirical Model-Building, p. 74
      • All models are false but some models are useful.