Selecting behavioural traits: assessing the complexity of the model

Published on
April 4, 2016

ESR Update - Since an ecological model can be considered as a caricature or a simplification of a system, a modeller has to correctly decide on a suitable amount of complexity to be applied to its model. This should depend on the fundamental purpose of the model (generality, realism or precision), but that is easier said than done. Determining the behavioural traits that should be included in my general model might be the most important decision, but simultaneously proves to be the largest point of doubt.

Wouter Plouvier MSc.