Towards a structured approach to building qualitative reasoning models and simulations

Bert Bredeweg, Paulo Salles, Anders Bouwer, Jochem Liem, Tim Nuttle, Eugenia Cioaca, Elena Nakova, Richard Noble, Ana Luiza Rios Caldas, Yordan Uzunov, Emilia Varadinova, Andreas Zitek
2008 Ecological Informatics  
Creating qualitative models is often considered an art rather than a scientific undertaking, lacking a structured methodology that supports formalisation of ideas. This hampers the already difficult process of building qualitative models. This paper presents a methodology that structures and supports the capture of conceptual knowledge about system behaviour using a qualitative approach. The framework defines a protocol for representing content that supports the development of a conceptual
more » ... standing of systems and how they behave. The methodology supports modellers in two ways. It structures and explicates the work involved in building models. It also facilitates easier comparison and evaluation of intermediate and final results of modelling efforts.
doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2007.02.002 fatcat:wu34asvjzjcnvi6go42w525bwm