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    Implementations are not specifications: specification, replication and experimentation in computational cognitive modeling

    Cooper, Richard P. and Guest, Olivia (2014) Implementations are not specifications: specification, replication and experimentation in computational cognitive modeling. Cognitive Systems Research 27 , pp. 42-49. ISSN 1389-0417.

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    Abstract

    Contemporary methods of computational cognitive modeling have recently been criticized by Addyman and French (2012) on the grounds that they have not kept up with developments in computer technology and human-computer interaction. They present a manifesto for change according to which, it is argued, modelers should devote more effort to making their models accessible, both to non-modelers (with an appropriate easy-to-use user interface) and modelers alike. We agree that models, like data, should be freely available according to the normal standards of science, but caution against confusing implementations with specifications. Models may embody theories, but they generally also include implementation assumptions. Cognitive modeling methodology needs to be sensitive to this. We argue that specification, replication and experimentation are methodological approaches that can address this issue.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Theory specification, Implementation detail, Replication, Sensitivity analysis, Computational experimentation
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 11:11
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 12:01
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7241

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