Complex adaptive systems are all around us from financial markets to ecosystems to the human immune system and even civilization itself, they consist of many agents that are acting and reacting to each other’s behavior, out of this often chaotic set of interactions emerges global patterns of organization in a dynamic world of constant change and evolution where nothing is fixed.
Complex adaptive systems are all around us from financial markets, to ecosystems, to the human immune system and even civilization itself. They consist of many agents that are acting and reacting to each other’s behavior, out of this often chaotic set of interactions emerges global patterns of organization in a dynamic world of constant change and evolution where nothing
Complex Adaptive Systems A complex adaptive system is a special class of complex system that has the capacity for adaptation. Like all complex systems, they consist of many elements, what are called agents, with these agents interacting in a nonlinear fashion creating a network of connections within which agents are acting and reacting to each [...]
Adaptive Systems We can define adaptation as the capacity for a system to change its state in response to some change within its environment.View Source An adaptive system then is a system that can change given some external perturbation, and this is done in order to optimize or maintain its condition within an environment [...]
Adaptation is a behavior or response that is contingent on its environment, maybe the best way to understand it is to contrast it with reacting, we might think of reacting as a predefined response to a given stimulus, like an automatic door opening whenever someone approaches it.
Regulatory Systems Within systems theory, a control system or regulatory system is a specialized subsystem that is designed to monitor and regulate the behavior and operation of the broader system it is a part of in order to maintain its functionality. The primary objective of a control system is to preserve the internal level of [...]
Schemata A schema is a conceptual pattern or structure that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them.View Source The term derives from psychology but is used within complex adaptive systems theory to denote the internal logic governing an agent's behavior. The internal logic or schema that governs the behavior of agents within [...]
Simple Rules One of the key premises of complex systems theory is that global coordination and complex behavior can emerge out of very simple rules governing the interaction between agents on the local level without the need for centralized coordination.View Source At the heart of this is the question of how agents synchronize their [...]
Cellular Automaton Cellular automata are algorithmic models that use computation to iterate on very simple rules. In so doing, these very simple rules can create complex emergent phenomena through the interaction between agents as they evolve over time. To illustrate the functioning of a cellular automaton, we will take an example from probably the most [...]