Simplicity Is Worse Than Theft: A Constraint-Based Explanation of a Seemingly Counter-Intuitive Russian Saying

  • Martine CeberioEmail author
  • Olga Kosheleva
  • Vladik Kreinovich
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 539)


In many practical situations, simplified models, models that enable us to gauge the quality of different decisions reasonably well, lead to far-from-optimal situations when used in searching for an optimal decision. There is even an appropriate Russian saying: simplicity is worse than theft. In this paper, we provide a mathematical explanation of this phenomenon.


Objective Function Mathematical Economic Mathematical Explanation Optimal Transportation Global Planning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martine Ceberio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olga Kosheleva
    • 1
  • Vladik Kreinovich
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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