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The Structure of Trade-offs in Model Building

Matthewson, Oliver John; Weisberg, Michael


Despite their best efforts, scientists may be unable to construct models that simultaneously exemplify every theoretical virtue. One explanation for this is the existence of tradeoffs: relationships of attenuation that constrain the extent to which models can have such desirable qualities. In this paper, we characterize three types of tradeoffs theorists may confront. These characterizations are then used to examine the relationships between parameter precision and two types of generality. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Synthese
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-008-9366-y


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