Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 75–80

How Modeling Can Go Wrong

Some Cautions and Caveats on the Use of Models
COMMENTARY

DOI: 10.1007/s13347-012-0082-7

Cite this article as:
Grim, P. & Rescher, N. Philos. Technol. (2013) 26: 75. doi:10.1007/s13347-012-0082-7

Abstract

Modeling and simulation clearly have an upside. My discussion here will deal with the inevitable downside of modeling — the sort of things that can go wrong. It will set out a taxonomy for the pathology of models — a catalogue of the various ways in which model contrivance can go awry. In the course of that discussion, I also call on some of my past experience with models and their vulnerabilities.

Keywords

ModelingSimulationFailureOversimplification

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyCenter for Philosophy of Science, University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA