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Simulations are not Models

Simpson, John (2006) Simulations are not Models. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The aim of this paper is to argue that simulation is the activity of inferring future states. I argue that simulations instantiate models and that models are complexes of representations, so the inference in question makes use of the relations between the representations in a simulation's associated model. It follows that simulations should not be properly considered to be models in general, despite it being the case that they are commonly treated, or referred to, as being models, or even models of a special type, namely dynamic models. Further consequences of this position are also discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Simpson, John
Keywords: Simulation Model Experiment
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: John Simpson
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2767
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: June 12-13, 2006
Conference Location: Paris
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2767

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