Departmental Papers (Philosophy)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-2014

Publication Source

Philosophy of Science

Volume

81

Issue

5

Start Page

785

Last Page

797

DOI

10.1086/677405

Abstract

Proponents of individual-based modeling in ecology claim that their models explain the emergence of population-level behavior. This article argues that individual-based models have not, as yet, provided such explanations. Instead, individual-based models can and do demonstrate and explain the emergence of population-level behaviors from individual behaviors and interactions.

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Date Posted: 04 December 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.