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Article: Do simple models lead to generality in ecology?

TitleDo simple models lead to generality in ecology?
Authors
Issue Date2013
Citation
Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2013, v. 28, n. 10, p. 578-583 How to Cite?
AbstractModellers of biological, ecological, and environmental systems cannot take for granted the maxim 'simple means general means good'. We argue here that viewing simple models as the main way to achieve generality may be an obstacle to the progress of ecological research. We show how complex models can be both desirable and general, and how simple and complex models can be linked together to produce broad-scale and predictive understanding of biological systems. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230938
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2015 Impact Factor: 16.735
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 11.087

 

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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Matthew R.-
dc.contributor.authorGrimm, Volker-
dc.contributor.authorJohst, Karin-
dc.contributor.authorKnuuttila, Tarja-
dc.contributor.authorde Langhe, Rogier-
dc.contributor.authorLessells, Catherine M.-
dc.contributor.authorMerz, Martina-
dc.contributor.authorO'Malley, Maureen A.-
dc.contributor.authorOrzack, Steve H.-
dc.contributor.authorWeisberg, Michael-
dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Darren J.-
dc.contributor.authorWolkenhauer, Olaf-
dc.contributor.authorBenton, Tim G.-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-01T06:07:12Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-01T06:07:12Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationTrends in Ecology and Evolution, 2013, v. 28, n. 10, p. 578-583-
dc.identifier.issn0169-5347-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230938-
dc.description.abstractModellers of biological, ecological, and environmental systems cannot take for granted the maxim 'simple means general means good'. We argue here that viewing simple models as the main way to achieve generality may be an obstacle to the progress of ecological research. We show how complex models can be both desirable and general, and how simple and complex models can be linked together to produce broad-scale and predictive understanding of biological systems. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.-
dc.languageeng-
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dc.titleDo simple models lead to generality in ecology?-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.022-
dc.identifier.pmid23827437-
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dc.identifier.volume28-
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