The Portfolio and the Utilisation Scenarios and the Use Spectra of a Model

A model portfolio consists of use spectra that define the main use of the model as an instrument in applications. A use spectrum combines a number of utilisation scenarios within model deployment processes. Instruments such as models are used within a utilisation scenario. This utilisation defines the functions a model plays within such deployment processes. Models may serve in several functions. Typically, their utilisation follows stereotypes in dependence on the community of practice.


The portfolio is a combination of tasks one might have in mind while using instruments. The instrument or artefact plays a number of functions. We distinguish, for instance, the following functions:
The utilisation function of a model relates the model purpose to a practice or application cases or application `game' similar to Wittgenstein's language game (we call it better utilisation case and is characterised by answering the classical W-questions (Hermagoras of Temnos defined seven ``circumstances'' as the loci of an issue:
Quis, quid, quando, ubi, cur, quem ad modum, quibus adminiculis (Who, what, when, where, why, in what way, by what means). This frame seems to be rediscovered by J. Zachman)
how, when, for which/what or why, at what/which (business use case), etc.
We add to purpose: application, conventions, custom, exertion, habit, handling, deployment, service, usage, use, and way of using. The model has a role and plays its behaviour within this application game.

We distinguish, for instance, the following functions:

A use spectrum of a model
consists of a combination of functions within an application 'game'. Typical use spectra are:
A model is bound to its spectra.
Deployment outside the spectrum may result in wrong results (deployment ban).


The notion of a model

A model is a well-formed, adequate and dependable instrument that represents other origins within some context based on criteria of adequacy and dependability commonly accepted by its community of practice. A model has - as an instrument - its background with a undisputable grounding of the sub-discipline and with a basis consisting of chosen elements from the sub-discipline. A model is functioning if it is combined with utilisation/deployment methods. A functioning model is effective if it can be successfully deployed according to its deployment scenarios and its portfolio. They thus function in the application scenario ('deployment games').


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