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K&uuml;ppers, G&uuml;nter and Lenhard, Johannes (2005). 'Validation of Simulation: Patterns in the Social and Natural Sciences'. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 8(4)3 <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/8/4/3.html>.

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@article{k_uuml_ppers2005,
title = \{Validation of Simulation: Patterns in the Social and Natural Sciences},
author = \{K\"{u}ppers, G\"{u}nter and Lenhard, Johannes},
journal = \{Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation},
ISSN = \{1460-7425},
volume = \{8},
number = \{4},
pages = \{3},
year = \{2005},
URL = \{http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/8/4/3.html},
keywords = \{Generative Mechanism, Imitation, Patterns, Simulation, Validation},
abstract = \{In most cases, the meaning of computer simulation is strongly connected to the idea numerical calculations. A computer simulation is a numerical solution of a complex mathematical problem. Therefore, the problem of validation of its results should be only a problem of judging the underlying computational methods. However, it will be argued, that this is not the case. It is consensus in literature that validation constitutes one of the central epistemological problems of computer simulation methods. Especially in the case of simulations in the social sciences the answers given by many authors are not satisfactory. The following paper attempts to show how the characteristics of simulation, i.e. the imitation of a dynamic, constitute the problem of validation even in the case of the natural sciences and what consequences arise. Differences as well as common grounds between social and natural sciences will be discussed.},
}

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TY - JOUR
TI - Validation of Simulation: Patterns in the Social and Natural Sciences
AU - K&uuml;ppers, G&uuml;nter
AU - Lenhard, Johannes
Y1 - 2005/10/31
JO - Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
SN - 1460-7425
VL - 8
IS - 4
SP - 3
UR - http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/8/4/3.html
KW - Generative Mechanism
KW - Imitation
KW - Patterns
KW - Simulation
KW - Validation
N2 - In most cases, the meaning of computer simulation is strongly connected to the idea numerical calculations. A computer simulation is a numerical solution of a complex mathematical problem. Therefore, the problem of validation of its results should be only a problem of judging the underlying computational methods. However, it will be argued, that this is not the case. It is consensus in literature that validation constitutes one of the central epistemological problems of computer simulation methods. Especially in the case of simulations in the social sciences the answers given by many authors are not satisfactory. The following paper attempts to show how the characteristics of simulation, i.e. the imitation of a dynamic, constitute the problem of validation even in the case of the natural sciences and what consequences arise. Differences as well as common grounds between social and natural sciences will be discussed.
ER -