Publication details for Dr Wendy ParkerParker, W.S. (2019). Model Evaluation: An Adequacy-for-Purpose View. Philosophy of Science
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0031-8248, 1539-767X
- DOI: 10.1086/708691
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According to an adequacy-for-purpose view, models should be assessed with respect to their adequacy (or fitness) for particular purposes. Such a view has been advocated by scientists and philosophers alike. Important details, however, have yet to be spelled out. This paper attempts to make progress by addressing three key questions: What does it mean for a model to be adequate-for-purpose? What makes a model adequate-for-purpose? How does assessing a model’s adequacy-for-purpose differ from assessing its representational accuracy? In addition, responses are given to some objections that might be raised against an adequacy-for-purpose view.