Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Is there more to “model” than “muddle”?


Matthias Scheutz a1
a1 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 mscheutz@nd.edu http://www.nd.edu/~mscheutz/

Abstract

Any discussion comparing different models with respect to their quality qua models must presuppose a notion of model, that is, what it is to be a model. While Webb provides seven criteria to assess the quality of various proposed biorobotic models, she does not clarify the very notion of “model of animal behavior” itself.