Models of Success Versus the Success of Models: Reliability without Truth

@article{Winsberg2004ModelsOS,
  title={Models of Success Versus the Success of Models: Reliability without Truth},
  author={Eric Winsberg},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2004},
  volume={152},
  pages={1-19}
}
  • Eric Winsberg
  • Published 2004
  • Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • In computer simulations of physical systems, the construction of models is guided, but not determined, by theory. At the same time simulations models are often constructed precisely because data are sparse. They are meant to replace experiments and observations as sources of data about the world; hence they cannot be evaluated simply by being compared to the world. So what can be the source of credibility for simulation models? I argue that the credibility of a simulation model comes not only… CONTINUE READING

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