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A short course in model design

Published 1965

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An examination of the model-builder's way of thinking and the meaning of the terms of his trade, as well as suggested standards for evaluating his product. Basing his analysis on current models of urban land use and spatial interaction, the author discusses their use, the application of theories to them, the strategy of design, and the fitting and testing of a model. He concludes that ordinarily a client accepts from the model-builder a tool of unknown efficacy and that the tests are at best partial and indecisive. He also maintains, however, that the process of model-building is educational and its future is promising.

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