The Financial Modelers’ Manifesto was a proposal for more responsibility in risk management and quantitative finance written by financial engineers Emanuel Derman and Paul Wilmott. The manifesto includes a Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath.
The Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath
I will remember that I didn’t make the world, and it doesn’t satisfy my equations.
Though I will use models boldly to estimate value, I will not be overly impressed by mathematics.
I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without explaining why I have done so.
Nor will I give the people who use my model false comfort about its accuracy. Instead, I will make explicit its assumptions and oversights.
I understand that my work may have enormous effects on society and the economy, many of them beyond my comprehension
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