Degrees of freedom

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A motivating example

This example is taken from Battlestar Galactica (I know, boredom and procrastination know no bounds)[1]

A: "Listen to this, five final Cylon models; five pillars at the temple, for the five priests devoted to the one... "
B: "C'mon it's all just mumbo-jumbo"

However in the "scripture" it is made clear there is one pillar for each of the priests.

So there are only 2 degrees of freedom here, we can change the number of final Cylon models but only one of the pillar count or the priests, as the other is the same.


  1. Specifically: Series 3, Episode 13 ending at approx 32:40. A refers to president Rosolin and B, Sol, the Exo of Galatica