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To: facedown
It's called a WAG

I can never remember which is more accurate. Is a WAG more accurate than a ROM? I think a ROM would be considerably more accurate than a WAG.

12 posted on 02/28/2007 9:03:25 AM PST by MosesKnows
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To: MosesKnows
Yes, rough order-of-magnitude is clearly better than a wild-assed-guess.

As a scientist who has often used modeling in research, I concur that models have to be regarded with great suspicion -- unless there is LOTS of broad empirical data to back it up. It reminds me of the old saying about Magnetohydrodynamics calculations:

"It takes a genius to get computational results from these equations -- and a fool to believe them."

20 posted on 02/28/2007 10:08:03 AM PST by expatpat
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