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Statistical models and actual models

A statistician friend reports the following conversation at a dinner party:

My friend: “So what do you do?”
A good looking fellow: “I do modeling. What about you?”
My friend: “Actually, I do modeling too…”

Which reminds me . . . on Halloween I went out trick-or-treating straight from work. I decided to tell people I was dressed as a “dork.” Everyone was amused. But next year I want to do a real costume.


  1. Mark Palko says:

    I forget who said this originally but I’ll use it anyway.

    Mick Jagger is the only known case of the bumper sticker slogan: “Economists do it with models.”

  2. John Mashey says:

    “Model” is certainly a term of many meanings.

    When I’d just read the title, I thought that it meant statistics models versus (for example) physics models, a topic that often confused people around climate, thinking that climate models work by just doing statistical curve-fitting of past data.

    However, I’d forgotten that NYC features many other models.

  3. K? O'Rourke says:

    One faculty’s wife used to tell people her husband modelled jeans (genes).

    Another’s wife said that while her husband tried to minimize posterior loss, she (as a fitness instructor) tried to maximize it.

  4. EmilyKennedy says:

    Next year I’m considering going as RMS.

  5. Peter Flom says:

    I once had a very simple costume. I made a small sign that said “I’m a serial murderer. We look just like everyone else” and draped it on a string around my neck.

  6. Robert O'grady says:

    I like it how this post is filed under sociology.