Do simple models lead to generality in ecology?

Autor(en)
Matthew R. Evans, Volker Grimm, Karin Johst, Tarja Knuuttila, Rogier de Langhe, Catherine M. Lessells, Martina Merz, Maureen A. O'Malley, Steve H. Orzack, Michael Weisberg, Darren J. Wilkinson, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Tim G. Benton
Abstrakt

Modellers of biological, ecological, and environmental systems cannot take for granted the maxim 'simple means general means good'. We argue here that viewing simple models as the main way to achieve generality may be an obstacle to the progress of ecological research. We show how complex models can be both desirable and general, and how simple and complex models can be linked together to produce broad-scale and predictive understanding of biological systems.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Philosophie, Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
Journal
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Band
28
Seiten
578-583
Anzahl der Seiten
6
ISSN
0169-5347
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.022
Publikationsdatum
10-2013
Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
603113 Philosophie, 603124 Wissenschaftstheorie
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/do-simple-models-lead-to-generality-in-ecology(dc11e32f-da25-46e3-a16e-2609df5d1ced).html