I am a Modelist


If you read this blog, you probably have an interest in automata or modeling, computing representations, or all three. I'd like to spend some time talking about being a modeler. A modeler is someone who models. Modeling can be anything from Danylo Stanchak's model of Elsa to creating models of behavior, process, and shape. The mathematicians also have their version: model theory which falls under the study of logic. Like a linguist is someone who enjoys languages of all types, perhaps a modelist is the modeler-equivalent of the linguist? A modelist is someone who studies modeling independent of a specific focus area or discipline. Perhaps, I am leaning toward the view espoused by G. H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology. It is not that disciplines are uninteresting, because they most certainly are essential to highlight the effects of modeling, but modeling itself is even more interesting for me. The disciplines are proof of the concept of modeling. But, unlike Hardy's mathematics, modeling is not yet considered a formal discipline with academic areas and departments (note: there are a few exceptions to this rule). However, there are conferences, journals, and societies devoted to modeling. I am certainly a modelist. Are you?