Computer simulations: An inferential conception

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In this paper, I offer an inferential conception of computer simulations, emphasizing the role that simulations play as inferential devices to represent empirical phenomena. Three steps are involved in a simulation: an immersion step (from aspects of the empirical set up to the simulated model), a derivation step (that yields the relevant results), and an interpretation and correction step (that interprets the results in light of the empirical set up). After presenting the view, I mention some cases, such as simulations of the current flow between silicon atoms and buckyballs as well as of genetic regulatory systems. I argue that the inferential conception accommodates the integration of empirical and theoretical data; it makes sense of the role that is played by false traits in a simulation, and highlights the similarities and differences between simulations and scientific instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-398
Number of pages21
JournalMonist
Volume97
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2014

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Bueno, O 2014, 'Computer simulations: An inferential conception', Monist, vol. 97, no. 3, pp. 378-398.
Bueno, Otavio. / Computer simulations : An inferential conception. In: Monist. 2014 ; Vol. 97, No. 3. pp. 378-398.
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