Computer simulation vs. machine learning – a philosophical comparison


  • Date: Jul 8, 2022
  • Time: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart
  • Location: Zoom Meeting Room 1
  • Room: Zoom Raum 1
  • Host: IPP
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Digital computers have had a profound impact on modern physics. In this talk, I discuss two computer-based methods, viz. computer simulation and machine learning. To have a common ground for the comparison, I assume that both methods are used to infer hitherto unknown information, typically about future states of a system. Important aspects of the comparison are the power to achieve various epistemic tasks, the ways in which results are justified and the opacity of the methods.

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