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Emergence of Autocatalytic Sets in a Simple Model of Technological Evolution

  title={Emergence of Autocatalytic Sets in a Simple Model of Technological Evolution},
  author={Wim Hordijk and Stuart A. Kauffman},
Two alternative views of an economy are combined and studied. The first view is that of technological evolution as a process of combinatorial innovation. Recently a simple mathematical model (TAP) was introduced to study such a combinatorial process. The second view is that of a network of production functions forming an autocatalytic set. Autocatalytic (RAF) sets have been studied extensively in the context of chemical reaction networks. Here, we combine the two models (TAP and RAF) and show… 

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