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Proof of Concept Research

Elliott, Steve (2019) Proof of Concept Research. Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0031-8248

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Researchers often pursue proof of concept research, but criteria for evaluating such research remain poorly specified. This paper proposes a general framework for proof of concept research that knits together and augments earlier discussions. The framework includes prototypes, proof of concept demonstrations, and post facto demonstrations. With a case from theoretical evolutionary genetics, the paper illustrates the general framework and articulates some of the reasoning strategies used within that field. This paper provides both specific tools with which to understand how researchers evaluate models in theoretical evolutionary genetics, and general tools that apply to proof of concept research more generally.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Elliott, Stevestephen.elliott@asu.edu0000-0002-7736-1002
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science. ISSN: 0031-8248
Keywords: proof of concept; proof of principle; early-stage research; scientific practices; heuristics; evolutionary genetics; simulation; general philosophy of science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Steve Elliott
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 00:37
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 00:37
Item ID: 16697
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: December 2019
ISSN: 0031-8248
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16697

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