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Computer Simulations

Paul Humphreys

in Extending Ourselves

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158700
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195158709.003.0004
Computer Simulations

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A definition of computer simulations is given, emphasizing the dynamic aspects of simulations. The important role of visualization in many simulations is explained. Computational issues in simulations are connected to observational issues with instruments via the microscope metaphor. Digital simulations are compared with analog simulations, and the advantages and disadvantages of simulations are explored. Agent-based simulations are compared to equation-based simulations.

Keywords: agent-based simulations; analog simulations; computer simulations; digital simulations; equation-based simulations; visualization

Chapter.  12342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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