Minimal and almost minimal reaction systems

  title={Minimal and almost minimal reaction systems},
  author={Arto Salomaa},
  journal={Natural Computing},
In reaction systems introduced by Ehrenfeucht and Rozenberg the number of resources is, by definition, at least 2. If it is exactly 2, the system is referred to as minimal. We compare minimal reaction systems with almost minimal ones, where the number of resources equals 3. The difference turns out to be huge. While many central problems for minimal systems are of low polynomial complexity, the same problems in the almost minimal case are NP- or co-NP-complete. The situation resembles the… CONTINUE READING