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I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with the phrase "When in doubt take logs", its origins, and usage today?
A tweet reports Sir David R. Cox said it at IBC2014, Florence,
The great man himself has written saying:
"It used to be called the first law of data analysis (in the physical and engineering sciences): when in doubt take logs.
And was particularly associated with so called dimensional analysis of power law like arrangements, a very powerful technique.
I seem to recall Kolmogorov applied it to turbulence with great effect"
The very helpful Nick Cox has said:
"I have often seen that statement attributed to David Wallace who was in the Chicago Dept for many years."
A short publication has the phrase as its title:
Any more thoughts are welcome!
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