Computer simulation through an error-statistical lens

Synthese 163 (3):371 - 384 (2008)
Abstract
After showing how Deborah Mayo’s error-statistical philosophy of science might be applied to address important questions about the evidential status of computer simulation results, I argue that an error-statistical perspective offers an interesting new way of thinking about computer simulation models and has the potential to significantly improve the practice of simulation model evaluation. Though intended primarily as a contribution to the epistemology of simulation, the analysis also serves to fill in details of Mayo’s epistemology of experiment.
Keywords Computer simulation  Evidence  Error statistics  Climate models
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