Author Archives: Jon Compton

About Jon Compton

The Harlan Ellison of Wargaming!

Standing Inside the Outside Box

In his book Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces, George Box made the now semi-famous statement “All models are wrong, some are useful.” In summing up mathematical modeling and statistics, this comes about as close to ground truth on the subject … Continue reading

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Overcoming the PolMil Prediction Addiction

(from the intro to a paper I’m writing) The dealer calmly dealt two cards to each of the eight players who sat around the table. I look at my cards and see a pair of queens. My first impulse is … Continue reading

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The Case for Print

The discussion regarding a professional journal for wargaming is an interesting one. Rex Brynen makes cogent points about the logistics of having a refereed journal dedicated to the practice of wargaming. Having been assistant editor of such a journal in … Continue reading

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