Model granularity and related concepts

Maier, J. F.; Eckert, C. M. and Clarkson, P. J. (2016). Model granularity and related concepts. In: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2016 14th International Design Conference (Marjanović, D.; Štorga, M.; Pavković, N.; Bojčetić, N. and Škec, S. eds.), pp. 1327–1336.



Models are integral to engineering design and basis for many decisions. Therefore, it is necessary to comprehend how a model’s properties might influence its behaviour. Model granularity is an important property but has so far only received limited attention. The terminology used to describe granularity and related phenomena varies and pertinent concepts are distributed across communities. This article positions granularity in the theoretical background of models, collects formal definitions for relevant terms from a range of communities and discusses the implications for engineering design.

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