Modelling pp 65-68 | Cite as

How do I know when to stop?

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


In one sense, of course, there is no need for you to stop modelling any problem. As your knowledge of the concepts which lie behind the problem increases, and as you incorporate these concepts within a framework of conceptual variation, so your perception of the linkages within the model, and from your model to other systems, will increase. There is no reason why this process of intellectual development should ever stop, supposing that you retain an interest in the original problem and are not diverted to some quite different activity. You should not expect your progress to be smooth and regular. There will sometimes be long periods when you seem to be getting nowhere, and when all attempts at improvement of the existing model result in failure. There will be other times when you make spectacular progress, and when ideas seem to come tumbling out of your mind faster than you can implement them. Inspiration will come from reading the papers or books of other people engaged in modelling, from discussions with colleagues, while walking the dog, or, most frustratingly, in the middle of the night. If you are not careful, you may well find that modelling is beginning to take over your life!


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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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