Who is Hirotugu Akaike?
This is probably the first time you are hearing his name. Hirotugu Akaike was a Japanese statistician. He formulated a criterion for model selection—the Akaike information criterion and is used widely today.
For Dr. Akaike, the experience was core to creativity. To get ‘a direct feel of random vibrations,’ for example, he bought a scooter and rode it around Mount Fuji. This first-hand experience helped him differentiate between the vibrations of riding on normal and heavily-trucked roads.
Today’s Doodle portrays Dr. Akaike against a Google-inspired approximation of functions, parameters, and their respective curves.