Friday, November 4, 2011

Not predicting the future

I came across the following quote in an old USFWS report today:
In essence, then, mathematical models applied to real-world situations can be used only as a tool to guide management decisions having future effects on an ecosystem. In contrast, models cannot be used to tell a manager what the future will look like.
Say whut?!? How can you do the first without doing the second? Can someone explain this to me please?


  1. It looks to me like the last sentence is missing a word, maybe two.

  2. I dunno - which words do you think are missing? It looks like a complete sentence to me?