Just because it’s fun and because I’m still not on the other side of my blog holiday, here’s a nice picture of an elephant from Burnham and Anderson (2002) who got it from Wei (1975).
It’s all in response to John von Neumann who said,
“with four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.”
But that was more hyperbole than quantitatively accurate. Further investigations by Wei (1975) revealed that the 30-term elephant
“may not satisfy the third-grade art teacher, but would carry most chemical engineers into preliminary design.”
Burnham K, Anderson D. 2002. Model selection and multimodel inference. Springer, USA.
Wei J. 1975. Least square fitting of an elephant. Chemtech 5: 128–129.