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Predictability is the degree to which a correct prediction or forecast of a system's state can be made either qualitatively or quantitatively.
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- ... an artist should paint from the heart, and not always what people expect. Predictability often leads to the dullest work, in my opinion, and we have been bored stiff long enough I think.
- E.A. Bucchianeri in Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
- Life’s solution builds a forceful case for the predictability of evolutionary outcomes, not in terms of genetic details but rather their broad phenotypic manifestations. The case rests on a remarkable compilation of examples of convergent evolution, in which two or more lineages have independently evolved similar structures and functions.
- Simon Conway Morris in Nature (Vol. 425, p767)
- It's weird how I am constantly surprised by the passage of time when it's literally the most predictable thing in the Universe.
- When what we believe we’ve mastered is no longer predictable we’re not fine. The world suddenly is a very scary place. It loses its charm.
- Patricia Cornwell in Dust