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Title (Primary) Do simple models lead to generality in ecology?
Author Evans, M.R.; Grimm, V.; Johst, K.; Knuuttila, T.; de Langhe, R.; Lessells, C.M.; Merz, M.; O'Malley, M.A.; Orzack, S.H.; Weisberg, M.; Wilkinson, D.J.; Wolkenhauer, O.; Benton, T.G.;
Journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Year 2013
Department OESA;
Volume 28
Issue 10
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T11;
UFZ wide themes RU5;
Abstract 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.
ID 13851
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Evans, M.R., Grimm, V., Johst, K., Knuuttila, T., de Langhe, R., Lessells, C.M., Merz, M., O'Malley, M.A., Orzack, S.H., Weisberg, M., Wilkinson, D.J., Wolkenhauer, O., Benton, T.G. (2013):
Do simple models lead to generality in ecology?
Trends Ecol. Evol. 28 (10), 578 - 583