Modelling pp 7-13 | Cite as

What is a model?

  • John N. R. Jeffers
Part of the Outline Studies in Ecology book series (OSE)


What do I mean by the word ‘model’, as it is used in this book? We all know what a model is in everyday language, although there may sometimes be some confusion between small three-dimensional representations of railways, roads, cities, vehicles, armies, etc., and those glamorous (and often partly undressed) ladies used in advertisements for clothes and other articles. Needless to say, I am not using the word in either of these two senses. Instead, I will use a somewhat extended interpretation which has been given to the word by scientists, as the representation of relationships between some formally defined quantities or qualities.


Prey Species Human Mind Abstract Entity Word Model Extended Interpretation 
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© J.N.R. Jeffers 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. R. Jeffers
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  1. 1.Merlewood Research StationInstitute of Terrestrial EcologyGrange-over-Sands, CumbriaUK

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