More Meta Than Thou

There's nothing wrong with modeling; in systems research we do this all the time. Meta-modeling is more of the same: using a formal system to reason about a model. And so on. How many metas are useful? Probably not very many (zero? one?) but these Google results from 1/1/2004 hint at what people are thinking:
meta-model                        141000
meta-meta-model                     1840
meta-meta-meta-model                  41
meta-meta-meta-meta-model              3
meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-model         1
The search result for meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-model points to this page. The three instances of meta-meta-meta-meta-model are also false positives: two caused by Google's flaky indexing of PDF documents and one pointing to this page, so it's probably safe to assume that at present the meta-meta-meta-modelers are the lunatic fringe...

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