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Qualitative Scientific Modeling and Loop Analysis

Justus, James (2004) Qualitative Scientific Modeling and Loop Analysis. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Loop analysis is a method of qualitative modeling anticipated by Sewall Wright and systematically developed by Richard Levins. In Levins’ (1966) distinctions between modeling strategies, loop analysis sacrifices precision for generality and realism. Besides criticizing the clarity of these distinctions, Orzack and Sober (1993) argued qualitative modeling is conceptually and methodologically problematic. Loop analysis of the stability of ecological communities shows this criticism is unjustified. It presupposes an overly narrow view of qualitative modeling and underestimates the broad role models play in scientific research, especially in helping scientists represent and understand complex systems.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: models and idealization, loop analysis, qualitative analysis, feedback, stability
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: James Justus
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1955
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1955

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