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Simulations numériques et expérimentation

Abstract : Computer simulation and experiment often play the same epistemic role. At what conditions can a computer simulation yield data on natural systems ? It has been suggested that computers being physical objects within which processes happen can explain why simulations provide empirical knowledge. In this paper, we discuss this suggestion and show that it is ill-grounded. We propose an alternative explanation, based on a detailed semantic analysis of the components of a computer simulation : underlying mathematical models, algorithms, and programs. We draw some conclusions about the nature of computer-produced data.
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Anouk Barberousse, Sara Franceschelli, Cyrille Imbert. Simulations numériques et expérimentation. Matière première. Revue d'épistémologie et d'études matérialistes, 2008, pp.71-88. ⟨halshs-00393931⟩



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