Staged Models for Interdisciplinary Research

  title={Staged Models for Interdisciplinary Research},
  author={Luis F. Lafuerza and Louise Dyson and Bruce Edmonds and Alan J. McKane},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Modellers of complex biological or social systems are often faced with an invidious choice: to use simple models with few mechanisms that can be fully analysed, or to construct complicated models that include all the features which are thought relevant. The former ensures rigour, the latter relevance. We discuss a method that combines these two approaches, beginning with a complex model and then modelling the complicated model with simpler models. The resulting “chain” of models ensures some… 

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