|Modelprojekt, Bachelor. modul, Sommer 2013, id:453|
|Vejleder:||Mogens Allan Niss|
|Findes på RUb:||Ja Ja|
This paper details a study of the distinction between prescriptive and descriptive elements in mathematical modelling. Through preliminary definitions of prescription and description we thoroughly analyse the modelling process in four specific cases: Optimization of a can, the Gini coefficient, mandate allocation methods and perspective drawing. We identify where in these processes prescriptions and descriptions, respectively, are made and examine how they shape the particular model and its use. Finally we argue that our preliminary definitions are reasonable and conclude that it is definitely prudent to distinguish between prescriptive elements and descriptive elements in both the modelling process and in the use of models of a mathematical nature.