Computer Simulation Validation

Fundamental Concepts, Methodological Frameworks, and Philosophical Perspectives

  • Claus Beisbart
  • Nicole J. Saam

Part of the Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications book series (SFMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Claus Beisbart, Nicole J. Saam
    Pages 1-31
  3. Foundations—Basic Conceptions in Simulation Model Validation

  4. Foundations—Validation as a Scientific Method: Philosophical Frameworks for Thinking about Validation

  5. Methodology—Preparatory Steps

  6. Methodology—Points of Reference and Related Techniques

  7. Methodology—Mathematical Frameworks and Related Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. Xiaomo Jiang, Xueyu Cheng, Yong Yuan
      Pages 497-524
    3. Seamus Bradley
      Pages 525-540
    4. Edward R. Dougherty, Lori A. Dalton, Roozbeh Dehghannasiri
      Pages 541-560
  8. Methodology—The Organization and Management of Simulation Validation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 561-561
    2. Fei Liu, Ming Yang
      Pages 587-606
    3. Oliver Reinhardt, Tom Warnke, Andreas Ruscheinski, Adelinde M. Uhrmacher
      Pages 607-627
  9. Validation at Work—Best Practice-Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 629-629
    2. Peter Mättig
      Pages 631-660
    3. Patrick J. Roache
      Pages 661-683
    4. Alan C. Calder, Dean M. Townsley
      Pages 685-709
    5. Susanne Theis, Michael Baldauf
      Pages 711-736
    6. Giorgio Fagiolo, Mattia Guerini, Francesco Lamperti, Alessio Moneta, Andrea Roventini
      Pages 763-787
  10. Challenges in Simulation Model Validation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 789-789
    2. Keith Beven
      Pages 791-809
    3. Jan Seibert, Maria Staudinger, H. J. (Ilja) van Meerveld
      Pages 811-834
    4. Reto Knutti, Christoph Baumberger, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
      Pages 835-855
    5. Josef Köstlbauer
      Pages 881-897
  11. Reflecting on Simulation Validation: Philosophical Perspectives and Discussion Points

About this book


This unique volume introduces and discusses the methods of validating computer simulations in scientific research. The core concepts, strategies, and techniques of validation are explained by an international team of pre-eminent authorities, drawing on expertise from various fields ranging from engineering and the physical sciences to the social sciences and history. The work also offers new and original philosophical perspectives on the validation of simulations.

Topics and features:

  • Introduces the fundamental concepts and principles related to the validation of computer simulations, and examines philosophical frameworks for thinking about validation
  • Provides an overview of the various strategies and techniques available for validating simulations, as well as the preparatory steps that have to be taken prior to validation
  • Describes commonly used reference points and mathematical frameworks applicable to simulation validation
  • Reviews the legal prescriptions, and the administrative and procedural activities related to simulation validation
  • Presents examples of best practice that demonstrate how methods of validation are applied in various disciplines and with different types of simulation models
  • Covers important practical challenges faced by simulation scientists when applying validation methods and techniques
  • Offers a selection of general philosophical reflections that explore the significance of validation from a broader perspective

This truly interdisciplinary handbook will appeal to a broad audience, from professional scientists spanning all natural and social sciences, to young scholars new to research with computer simulations. Philosophers of science, and methodologists seeking to increase their understanding of simulation validation, will also find much to benefit from in the text.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart is Professor for Philosophy of Science (Extraordinarius) in the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Prof. Dr. Nicole J. Saam is Professor for Sociology (Chair) in the Institute of Sociology at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.


Computer Simulation Simulation Model Validation Verification Methodology Epistemology Uncertainty Error

Editors and affiliations

  • Claus Beisbart
    • 1
  • Nicole J. Saam
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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