Modelling Theory and Abstraction Awareness in 2012

Model Thinking
I enjoyed Scott E. Page’s online course on Model Thinking entirely about models in sociology, however a good approach to adopt for software modelling. Open Learning is on the rise in general, an overview can be found here /via @vardi An exemplary way to ‘reuse’ out of print books by David Maier can be found here

Application
Modelling progressed, especially:

see also here. However, there seems still some way ahead:

Natural Modelling
My favourite ‘discovery’ was the idea of Natural or Extreme Modelling /via @reversal_Js. A subject on the rise that very roughly comes down to:

Conceptual Foundations
Myself, I made a little contribution here by translating some tiny parts of Stachowiak‘s work here However, there are also different notions of modelling to consider:

Formal Foundations
A deeper understanding of Modelling and Abstraction still needs to be achieved. Although I read Brian Henderson-Sellers’ “On the Mathematics of Modelling, Metamodelling, Ontologies and Modelling Languages” with delight (couldn’t find a real website of the book), I prefer theory-based approaches like:

starting from graph theory or finite model theory. Also Category Theory seems very promising, however haven’t found the ‘key’ yet, but very interesting read: The Arrow Manifesto /via @zindis

Have a great 2013!
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PS
Not to forget Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday:

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2 Responses to Modelling Theory and Abstraction Awareness in 2012

  1. TY says:

    Thank you let me find Henderson-Sellers’ book…

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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