Model (philosophy)

Definition: The process by which a verbal description is formalised to remove ambiguity, while also constraining the dimensions a theory can span. The model is thus data derived. “Many scientific models are representational models: they represent a selected part or aspect of the world, which is the model’s target system” (Frigg & Hartman, 2020).

Related terms: Hypothesis, Theory, Theory building

References: Frigg and Hartman, (2020), Glass and Martin (2008), & Guest and Martin (2020)

Drafted and Reviewed by: Mahmoud Elsherif, Charlotte R. Pennington, Michele C. Lim

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