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Is the derivation of a model easier to understand than the model itself?

Janet Feigenspan, Don Batory, Taylor Riche
2012 2012 20th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC)  
In two controlled experiments, we evaluate whether a derivation of a model is easier to understand than the model itself.  ...  Hence, instead of presenting a complete complex model, we can derive it from a simple, easy-to-understand model by a set of easy-to-understand transformations.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Feigenspan's work is supported by BMBF project 01IM10002B. Thanks to Daniel Miranker for his support in recruiting subjects.  ... 
doi:10.1109/icpc.2012.6240508 dblp:conf/iwpc/FeigenspanBR12 fatcat:cojb5nhnprbjfbvxa4ucuspr2i

Essays on More Than Life Itself

A. H. Louie
2011 Axiomathes  
Keywords Relational biology Á More Than Life Itself Á Model versus simulation Á (M,R)-system Á Entailment network Á Dialog  ...  I comment on the preceding essays in this current thematic issue of Axiomathes, essays that discuss my 2009 book More Than Life Itself: A Synthetic Continuation in Relation Biology.  ...  If nothing else, the set of topics that I did write about in ML is, naturally, incomparably smaller than its complement. So it is clearly easier to choose among and reflect on what is not in ML.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10516-011-9153-0 fatcat:w4mviphhqzgxdeqruxmuy4psw4

Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?

2007 Economica  
Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself? Volunteering constitutes one of the most important pro-social activities. Following Adam Smith, helping others is the way to higher individual well-being.  ...  Causality is addressed taking advantage of a natural experiment: the collapse of East Germany and its infrastructure of volunteering.  ...  However, ordinary least squares models are easier to interpret.  ... 
doi:10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00597.x fatcat:zkneflcqq5bmvmwqixj47a72we

Once the Internet can measure itself

Scott Kirkpatrick
2016 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
End users are one group, because a choice of Internet access supplier can affect the quality of the experience they derive by making it easier or more difficult for them to reach the services they most  ...  At any rate, it is clear that a more realistic traffic model than the 'betweenness' calculation has to be developed to more accurately estimate the capacity limits within the Internet as a whole and in  ... 
doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0437 pmid:26809580 pmcid:PMC4733918 fatcat:fo56gev6bjbphemxojlg4av7ee

Supersymmetry Breaks Itself for Quarks and Leptons in the SUSY Standard Model [article]

John A. Dixon
2010 arXiv   pre-print
SUSY itself is not spontaneously broken here, so the vacuum energy remains zero after SUSY breaking. The resulting predictions for SUSY breaking are very constrained by the model.  ...  This breaking of SUSY cannot be avoided, because it arises from the local BRST cohomology of the theory, which is also the origin of the Outfields.  ...  But it is hard to imagine how SUSY manages to get broken, other than spontaneously, with the strong confines of Superspace to keep it unbroken.  ... 
arXiv:1012.4790v2 fatcat:3pxh2la2mnf3vacnnih5w3saga

Colloquium: Failure of molecules, bones, and the Earth itself

Markus J. Buehler, Sinan Keten
2010 Reviews of Modern Physics  
be used to complement experimental studies and theory to provide a novel viewpoint in the analysis of complex systems is provided.  ...  New research directions in the field of materials failure and materials science are discussed and the impact of improving the current understanding of materials failure for applications in nanotechnology  ...  of Scientific Research ͑FA9550-08-1-0321͒, by the Office of Naval Research ͑N00014-08-1-00844͒, and by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ͑DARPA͒ ͑HR0011-08-1-0067͒.  ... 
doi:10.1103/revmodphys.82.1459 fatcat:zjycoikccrd55fytiux63b2tbe

Artful Deception, Languaging, and Learning—The Brain on Seeing Itself

Amanda Preston
2015 Open Journal of Philosophy  
Going back even 300 years to the agricultural revolution, the species has invented an enormous wealth of technology and concept models to understand, manipulate, and exploit our environment, all sort of  ...  do its thing without having to actually look at itself under a microscope.  ...  Connecting to people is always easier than connecting to inert things.  ... 
doi:10.4236/ojpp.2015.57049 fatcat:dvkcwtmfk5gyxkxikahw3anok4

Physical vacuum as a system manifesting itself on various scales - from nuclear physics to cosmology [article]

Serge F. Timashev
2019 arXiv   pre-print
to the energy content of the Universe is about 95%.  ...  , is to introduce the basic reference system associated with the electromagnetic component of physical vacuum - EM vacuum of the expanding Universe, with a selection of global time t, being common for  ...  The physical essence of such a model is very difficult to understand, rather, impossible. Indeed, every day the volume of the Universe is increased by 10 18 cubic light years.  ... 
arXiv:1107.1799v8 fatcat:eou7wn2adfg3loa5k3kon5rzzy

Does History Repeat Itself? Wavelets and the Phylodynamics of Influenza A

J. A. Tom, J. S. Sinsheimer, M. A. Suchard
2011 Molecular biology and evolution  
To overcome this shortfall, we exploit the existing Monte Carlo realizations from stratified Bayesian analyses to efficiently estimate a nonparametric hierarchical wavelet-based model and learn about the  ...  These data sets press the limits of Bayesian phylogenetics as the high-dimensional parameters that comprise a phylogenetic tree increase the already sizable computational burden of these techniques.  ...  We also thank Donatello Telesca for invaluable guidance with the statistical modeling. Interested readers may request the source code for this project from J. A. Tom.  ... 
doi:10.1093/molbev/msr305 pmid:22160768 pmcid:PMC3339318 fatcat:4iylrhmgebcdhpp4nky6z5vjyy

Learning in Performance: How a Dutch Company Transformed Itself

Philip H. Mirvis, Karen Ayas, George L. Roth
2001 Reflections The SoL Journal  
Still, there is a different social significance to being a member of a "cast," rather than part of the staff.  ...  We encourage them to design a learning performance, wherein the making of a learning history is itself a history-making event. Part IV.  ...  When Gunning shared his emotional life story at the Ardennes meeting, both he and the senior team thereby modeled the significance of each leader in the company becoming a part of the solution by examining  ... 
doi:10.1162/152417301750385422 fatcat:5anrav5g3jfpvgkyam7yyhxuke

Reality Asserts Itself: Public Opinion on Iraq and the Elasticity of Reality

Matthew A. Baum, Tim Groeling
2010 International Organization  
In the initial stages of a conflict, elites have a substantial informational advantage. Consequently, from the public's perspective, "reality" is very elastic.  ...  Such "event-based" explanations hold that a president's ability to sustain public support for a military engagement depends primarily on its degree of success, the number of or trend in U.S. casualties  ...  accurate understanding of it.  ... 
doi:10.1017/s0020818310000172 fatcat:lalcs4tihjgxfg25co5tk7wo6i

Television beyond itself in Latin America
La Televisión más allá de sí misma en América Latina

Guillermo Orozco Gómez, Universidad de Guadalajara, Toby Miller, Universidad del Norte
2017 Comunicación y Sociedad  
easier to have a collective experience of televidencia.  ...  Understanding television or any other media today presupposes much more than just giving an account of its technological, business model or political evolution, despite the dazzle caused by inventions  ... 
doi:10.32870/cys.v0i30.6725 fatcat:h6o4tlahk5a3rjqrhtcnsiqpcy

The new holism: P4 systems medicine and the medicalization of health and life itself

Henrik Vogt, Bjørn Hofmann, Linn Getz
2016 Medicine, Health care and Philosophy  
We argue that this medicalization is a very concrete materialization of a broader trend in medicine and society, which we call 'the medicalization of health and life itself'.  ...  It is directed at all levels of functioning, from the molecular to the social, continual throughout life and aimed at managing the whole continuum from cure of disease to optimization of health.  ...  This article is part of a Ph.D. project (author HV) funded by the Norwegian Research Fund for General Practice and the General Practice Research Unit, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11019-016-9683-8 pmid:26821201 pmcid:PMC4880637 fatcat:426gmnvuszgrho2zmdanml6tci

"When perhaps the real problem is money itself!": the practical materiality of Bitcoin

Bill Maurer, Taylor C. Nelms, Lana Swartz
2013 Social Semiotics  
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or any other organization  ...  who would prefer to remain anonymous.  ...  draws on understandings about the anonymity of cash, Bitcoin's digital metallism parallels very old discourses about the ''soundness'' of ''commodity money'' Á that is, currency deriving its value from  ... 
doi:10.1080/10350330.2013.777594 fatcat:nelnkm7dvffttjeae2d4pfvtlq

Will History Repeat Itself? Lessons for the Yuan

Benjamin Jerry Cohen
2014 Social Science Research Network  
But is such confidence warranted? Recent history has seen the emergence of other currencies that were also expected, at least for a while, to attain wide, growing cross-border use.  ...  Abstract For many observers, internationalization is the yuan's manifest destiny-an irresistible byproduct of the remarkable economic success of the People's Republic of China (PRC).  ...  The euro is the product of an interstate treaty rather than the expression of a single sovereign power.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2380529 fatcat:bcposelodnfb3brpych74ehwdu
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