Mathematical Modelling

A mathematical model is a simplification of a real world situation.
(you will probably only need to know this table for the exam)

Statistical tests  are used to assess how well a mathematical model matches a real world situation.

Modelling process:

  1. a real world problem is observed
  2. a statistical model is devised
  3. the model is used to make predictions
  4. experimental or observational data are collected
  5. comparisons made against the model
  6. statistical techniques are used to test how well the model describes a real-world problem
  7. the model is refined, then go back to step 3 and repeat

To be honest, mathematical modelling is just useful.


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