spline ('splIn), n
1. a thin wood or metal strip used in building construction
2. a key that is fixed to one of two connected mechanical parts and fits into a keyway in the other; also : a keyway for such a key
An interesting property of models, one that is often lost in the search
for better and better models, is a simple truth about their nature:
The notion of a
In order for a model to have any utility, it must have some value in
predicting the future behavior of the thing that it is a model of.
In this way, it can be said that the model is a
To perfectly model something, one must model its containing system.
Inductively, this means that any perfect model must contain the entire universe. Therefore, anything in this world is said to be smaller than the entire universe is an imperfect model and not a
There is one real thing in the world: everything. Everything else is a polite fiction.