Category: Philosophy of Science
Keywords: models, model, woodward, parameters, cartwright, variables, variable, parameter, intervention, structural, invariance, curve, equation, correlation, equations
Number of Articles: 176
Percentage of Total: 0.5%
Weighted Number of Articles: 217.3
Percentage of Total: 0.7%
Mean Publication Year: 1997.6
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1991.6
Median Publication Year: 2004
Modal Publication Year: 2006
Topic with Most Overlap: Causation (0.0607)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Thermodynamics (0.0328)
Topic with Least Overlap: Emotions (8e-05)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Life and Value (3e-04)
The general theme here is models in philosophy of science. And I’m not completely sure whether this is a good topic my model to have landed on, or whether it has gotten confused by the polysemous nature of “model”.
Some of the articles here are on causal modeling, and that’s certainly an important topic in philosophy of science. And one of the interesting stories of the period this topic is centered on is the drift of causation from being a metaphysics topic to a philosophy of science topic.
And some of the articles here are about the use of models in special sciences (e.g., economics, climate science), and what the epistemology of learning from models looks like.
And some of the articles are about objectivist versus Bayesian approaches to statistics.
And all of these have things in common. Indeed, any two of them could naturally be put into a topic together. Still, I can’t quite shake the feeling that it is the word ‘model’, rather than any one meaning for that word, that is holding these papers together.
This wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen—text-mining like this is always susceptible to getting confusing results when there are polysemous terms around. And it’s kind of striking how little that has affected our story to date.