“And nothing can we call our own but death
And that small model of the barren earth
Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings.”
“The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.”
“The NPD Group's forecasting model is a unique combination of point-of-sale and consumer data, along with econometric modeling and the expertise of our industry analysts. That combination created a forecast for 2005 that came within two percent of The NPD Group's actual consumer data for the year.”