## Thinking through the modeling process
- Overall questions
- How to go from a question to a diagram to equations to code?
- What kind of model to use under different circumstances?
- To do for each problem (discuss together)
- Describe problem/model
- What is the main question?
- What processes are important?
- Biological processes, social processes
- Covariates
- Interventions
- Measurement
- Structure model in general
- Draw diagram
- Decide what should be variables vs. parameters vs. forcing function inputs, etc.
- Discuss how to math-matize the diagram to
- ODEs
- Difference equations
- Stochastic models
- Agent-based models
- Etc.
- What output variables (outcomes, quantities of interest) should I track?
- How to set parameters, inputs, & initial conditions?
- What is known in the literature?
- What data do you have/can you get? (i.e. parameter estimation y/n?)
- Possibly sample from space of realistic parameters, estimate parameters, or maybe just choose specific representative parameters to illustrate the main ideas