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Towards a structured approach to building qualitative reasoning models and simulations

Bredeweg, Bert; Salles, Paulo; Bouwer, Anders; Liem, Jochem; Nuttle, Tim; Cioaca, Eugenia; Nakova, Elena; Noble, Richard; Caldas, Ana Luiza Rios; Uzunov, Yordan; Varadinova, Emilia; Zitek, Andreas


Bert Bredeweg

Paulo Salles

Anders Bouwer

Jochem Liem

Tim Nuttle

Eugenia Cioaca

Elena Nakova

Ana Luiza Rios Caldas

Yordan Uzunov

Emilia Varadinova

Andreas Zitek


Successful transfer and uptake of qualitative reasoning technology for modelling and simulation in a variety of domains has been hampered by the lack of a structured methodology to support formalisation of ideas. We present a framework that structures and supports the capture of conceptual knowledge about system behaviour using a qualitative reasoning approach. This framework: defines a protocol for representing content that supports the development of a conceptual understanding of systems and how they behave. The framework supports modellers in two ways. First, it structures and explicates the work involved in building models. Second, it facilitates easier comparison and evaluation of intermediate and final results of modelling efforts. We show how this framework has been used in developing qualitative reasoning models about three case studies of sustainable development in different river systems.


Bredeweg, B., Salles, P., Bouwer, A., Liem, J., Nuttle, T., Cioaca, E., …Zitek, A. (2008). Towards a structured approach to building qualitative reasoning models and simulations. Ecological informatics, 3(1), 1-12.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2008
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Print ISSN 1574-9541
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 1-12
Keywords Ecological Modelling; Ecology; Modelling and Simulation; Computational Theory and Mathematics; Applied Mathematics; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; Computer Science Applications
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