Scientific Modeling: A Multilevel Feedback Process

  • Jan M. Zytkow


Model construction is one of the key scientific activities. In distinction to the majority of the previous machine discovery systems, model formation applies in theory-rich context. Our long-term goal is automation of model construction. This paper reports on exploratory work towards that goal. We start from the distinction between models and theories, which is critical to the presented approach. We also distinguish between modeling and two scientific activities, which are different but which support modeling: construction of operational definitions and experimentation. Then we present the basic steps of scientific model construction, outlining data structures and an algorithm which, using a number of feedback loops, incrementally develops a model of a natural phenomenon. A walk through example is used to present the algorithm: motion of a cylinder that rolls downwards on an inclined plane.


Operational Definition Model Construction Incline Plane Scientific Modeling Touch Sensor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan M. Zytkow
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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