when does emulation count as explanation?

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  1. An emulation establishes a *possible* explanation, enabling the properties of the explanation to be explored and its mechanism(s) made precise. The credibility of the candidate explanation is, of course, greatly enhanced as the model passes more validation tests (different outcomes, granularities, micro and macro, network measures, longitudinal data etc.).

  2. admin says:

    Agreed. As you mention the path between emulation and explanation is long. Sometimes I feel people is not interested to walk it 🙂

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