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Towards a Taxonomy of the Model-Ladenness of Data

Bokulich, Alisa (2019) Towards a Taxonomy of the Model-Ladenness of Data. [Preprint]

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Model-data symbiosis is the view that there is an interdependent and mutually beneficial
relationship between data and models, whereby models are not only data-laden, but data are also
model-laden or model filtered. In this paper I elaborate and defend the second, more
controversial, component of the symbiosis view. In particular, I construct a preliminary
taxonomy of the different ways in which theoretical and simulation models are used in the
production of data sets. These include data conversion, data correction, data interpolation, data
scaling, data fusion, data assimilation, and synthetic data. Each is defined and briefly illustrated
with an example from the geosciences. I argue that model-filtered data are typically more
accurate and reliable than the so-called raw data, and hence beneficially serve the epistemic aims
of science. By illuminating the methods by which raw data are turned into scientifically useful
data sets, this taxonomy provides a foundation for developing a more adequate philosophy of

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Item Type: Preprint
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Alisa Bokulich
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 16:38
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 16:38
Item ID: 16458
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2019

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