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==Types of Models==
 
In computer modelling there is a continuum between two caricature classes of models:  
 
In computer modelling there is a continuum between two caricature classes of models:  
 
# conceptual-type models that aim to simplify a system down to include only its most important elements, in particular those that govern its behaviour  
 
# conceptual-type models that aim to simplify a system down to include only its most important elements, in particular those that govern its behaviour  
 
# simulation-type models that are highly detailed and try whenever possible to avoid making assumptions about what is important; instead they try to include as much detail as possible in the expectation that nothing important will be omitted
 
# simulation-type models that are highly detailed and try whenever possible to avoid making assumptions about what is important; instead they try to include as much detail as possible in the expectation that nothing important will be omitted
 
By simplifying to only the most important fluxes and state variables, this model is very much a conceptual-type model.
 
By simplifying to only the most important fluxes and state variables, this model is very much a conceptual-type model.

Latest revision as of 06:39, 8 April 2008

Types of Models

In computer modelling there is a continuum between two caricature classes of models:

  1. conceptual-type models that aim to simplify a system down to include only its most important elements, in particular those that govern its behaviour
  2. simulation-type models that are highly detailed and try whenever possible to avoid making assumptions about what is important; instead they try to include as much detail as possible in the expectation that nothing important will be omitted

By simplifying to only the most important fluxes and state variables, this model is very much a conceptual-type model.