Month: March 2006

Lossless Modeling

Or: why models don’t need to be simpler than the thing they model. Should they be simpler? This is what almost every definition or treatise on models and the art of modelling argues: models should be simpler than the thing they model. Otherwise, what’s the use? The darned thing is too complex, right? So we create a model, we factor out the parts we don’t need, we are left with the model containing those aspects of the real thing we need and nothing more, and the world seems manageable...

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