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This short comment on Epstein's (2008) paper and on the response by Thompson and Derr (2008) argues that the symmetry between explanation and prediction cannot satisfactorily be discussed without making clear what prediction means—depending on which connotations the authors have with 'prediction' their arguments can or cannot be accepted. this issue of(More)
This paper discusses aspects of validating simulation models designed to describe, explain and predict real-world phenomena. It starts with a short review of arguments used in the simsoc mailing list discussion on theory , simulation and explanation a few months ago, deals with the use of quantitative and qualitative computational models to make(More)