Emergent Novelty and the Modeling of Spatial Processes

Casti, J.L. (1983). Emergent Novelty and the Modeling of Spatial Processes. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-83-027. Reprinted from Kybernetes, 12(3):167-175 [1983]

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In this report we consider the complementary questions: in what sense do local dynamics prescribe global spatial patterns and to what extent does a global pattern impose constraints on local interactions. From the standpoint of results from mathematical system theory, it is argued that a modeling approach starting from observed patterns and passing to local dynamics is vastly to be preferred to proceeding in the opposite direction, the usual approach mimicking the procedure followed in the physical sciences. The report concludes with a discussion on the role of anticipatory decision making and adaptation in the stabilization of certain properties of dynamical spatial processes.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report (Reprint))
Research Programs: Regional Issues Program (RUD)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:11
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/2176

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