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Let animats live!


Hoffmann, Matej; Pfeifer, Rolf (2009). Let animats live! Adaptive Behavior, 17(4):317-319.

Abstract

Barbara Webb raises a crucial methodological point: in order to learn something about biology, it is more effective to build models of existing animals, rather than building ad hoc artificial creatures (animats). The critical problem with animats is how to validate them, since a direct comparison with animals is not straightforward. In our commentary, we will raise three main points: 1. While we agree that validation of an animat is indispensable, we propose alternative validation criteria to direct comparison with an animal. 2. We will advocate the animats’ right to existence by listing advantages of the animat approach. 3. We speculate that methodological purity versus effectiveness of practical research can be sometimes seen as a trade-off.

Barbara Webb raises a crucial methodological point: in order to learn something about biology, it is more effective to build models of existing animals, rather than building ad hoc artificial creatures (animats). The critical problem with animats is how to validate them, since a direct comparison with animals is not straightforward. In our commentary, we will raise three main points: 1. While we agree that validation of an animat is indispensable, we propose alternative validation criteria to direct comparison with an animal. 2. We will advocate the animats’ right to existence by listing advantages of the animat approach. 3. We speculate that methodological purity versus effectiveness of practical research can be sometimes seen as a trade-off.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Date:August 2009
Deposited On:07 Apr 2010 09:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1059-7123
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712309340852
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33236

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