Goodhart's Law

Anthropologist Marilyn Strathern summarized Goodhart’s law most succinctly saying, “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

If a measure becomes a target, it creates incentive to hit the target. This perverse incentive leads to behaviors that can be counterproductive.

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