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Strategies of Model Building in Population Genetics

Plutynski, A (2004) Strategies of Model Building in Population Genetics. [Preprint]

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In 1966, Richard Levins argued that there are different strategies in model building in population biology. In this paper, I reply to Orzack and Sober’s (1993) critiques of Levins and argue that his views on modeling strategies apply also in the context of evolutionary genetics. In particular, I argue that there are different ways in which models are used to ask and answer questions about the dynamics of evolutionary
change, prospectively and retrospectively, in classical versus molecular evolutionary genetics. Further, I argue that robustness analysis is a tool for, if not confirmation, then something near enough, in this discipline.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Plutynski, Aaplutyns@wustl.edu
Keywords: modeling, explanation, population genetics, robustness
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: A Plutynski
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 00:36
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 00:36
Item ID: 15308
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2004
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15308

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