EcoService Models Library (ESML)

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More about types of ecological models in ESML

General classification

In their article, “Classification of mathematical models in ecology,” Gertsev and Gertseva ? proposed eight kinds of distinctions by which ecological models can be classified.  In ESML, EMs are categorized according to six of those distinctions, using the ESML descriptors shown below:

Gertsev & Gertseva Category

ESML Descriptor

Time-dependent and stationary models

EM Time Dependence

Models of “Future time” and “Past time”

EM Time Reference (Future/Past)

Continuous and discrete models

EM Time Continuity

Models with distributed and lumped parameters

EM Spatial Distribution

Analytic and numeric models

EM Computational Approach

Deterministic and stochastic models

EM Determinism

Statistical Modeling Methods

ESML also uses a descriptor called Statistical Estimation of EM to identify whether a statistical method was used in the derivation of the EM.  Designation options include: Conventional (frequentist) statistics, Bayesian statistics, Machine learning, Other or None.