Econometric Poetry!

I am teaching econometrics this semester and am thinking about putting the following poem by the American poet, J.V. Cunnigham on the final exam and asking students to prove. Yes, it is fun being a professor! 🙂 Hat tip to Aaron Haspel at God of the Machine.

Meditation on Statistical Method

Plato, despair!
We prove by norms
How numbers bear
Empiric forms,

How random wrong
Will average right
If time be long
And error slight;

But in our hearts
Curves and departs
To infinity.

Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.

–J.V. Cunningham


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