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mr.bad at pigdog.org
Tue Mar 13 23:40:40 PST 2001
>>>>> "B" == Bernard <nutella at zork.net> writes:
B> Hmmmmm... No, I'd say you're mixing up a model with an analogy.
I was, but I'm prepared to defend that.
B> By definition an analogy takes its cue from something else, in
B> this case some situation which is more familiar, but a model
B> for data could be created (and be testable) without any
B> *obvious* prior art.
I'd disagree. I don't think we can have conceptual models that are
built without explicit analogy or some kind of implicit analogy, even
if that analogy is one of mathematical formulae.
B> With the genome example I am happily familiar with
B> the concepts of genome, chromosome, locus, gene, whatever
B> and these are the most closely tied to the experimental data,
Yes, but your sophisticated model wasn't fabricated from whole cloth.
I would wager that your understanding of these concepts started with
simple analogies, such as Bb-BB-bb, and became more complicated as you
became more familiar with the field. At each step you transformed your
original model based on understandable transforms (more letters, more
kinds of letters, a spiral staircase with bends and twists in it, a
broken staircase, etc.) that were themselves analogies.
Even if the eventual model is shorthanded to great abstraction, it's
still step-by-step based on analogy.
OK, that's my spiel.
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