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Modeling for All Scales: An Introduction to System Simulation 1st Edition
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The authors also offer broad advice and observations throughout the text. Like not jumping into simulating at the final full level of detail. Instead they recommend starting with modelling with only the important features. Then, after you have this implemented, try to get insight into the behaviour and only later add extra parts. The debugging is simpler this way.
Another advice is to put limits of the amount of complexity you will model. Deliberately dial down the level of details you will insert into your program. At the most pragmatic level, complexity increases the chances of coding error. And if there are many coefficients, determining the appropriate values for these is awkward. Plus of course, understanding the overall system diagram is harder the more intricate the system.
And you should always strive to compare your model's predictions with observations. Don't get engrossed with the elegance of your simulated results.