The Perils of Tweaking: How to use macrodata to set parameters in complex simulation models.

Epstein, Brian.

Forber, Patrick.


  • When can macroscopic data about a system be used to set parameters in a microfoundational simulation? We examine the epistemic viability of tweaking parameter values to generate a better fit between the outcome of a simulation and the available observational data. We restrict our focus to microfoundational simulations—those simulations that attempt to replicate the macrobehavior of a target system ... read more
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  • Epstein, Brian, and Patrick Forber. "The Perils of Tweaking: How to Use Macrodata to Set Parameters in Complex Simulation Models." Synthese 190, no. 2 (July 4, 2012): 203-218. doi:10.1007/s11229-012-0142-7.
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