Successive Approximations

Goodhart's Law

Goodhart's law is

an adage named after economist Charles Goodhart, which has been phrased by Marilyn Strathern as "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."

If you know the rubric you will be graded on, in a sufficiently competitive landscape, it becomes adaptive to spend less energy seeming to comply with the rubric than actually doing the work the rubric measures.

Ben Berry

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