Categorizing Variants of Goodhart's Law

@article{Manheim2018CategorizingVO,
  title={Categorizing Variants of Goodhart's Law},
  author={David Manheim and Scott Garrabrant},
  journal={CoRR},
  year={2018},
  volume={abs/1803.04585}
}
There are several distinct failure modes for overoptimization of systems on the basis of metrics. This occurs when a metric which can be used to improve a system is used to such an extent that further optimization is ineffective or harmful, and is sometimes termed Goodhart’s Law. This class of failure is often poorly understood, partly because terminology for discussing them is ambiguous, and partly because discussion using this ambiguous terminology ignores distinctions between different… CONTINUE READING
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