Optimization in "self-modeling" complex adaptive systems

@article{Watson2011OptimizationI,
  title={Optimization in "self-modeling" complex adaptive systems},
  author={Richard A. Watson and Christopher L. Buckley and Rob Mills},
  journal={Complexity},
  year={2011},
  volume={16},
  pages={17-26}
}
When a dynamical system with multiple point attractors is released from an arbitrary initial condition it will relax into a configuration that locally resolves the constraints or opposing forces between interdependent state variables. However, when there are many conflicting interdependencies between variables, finding a configuration that globally optimises these constraints by this method is unlikely, or may take many attempts. Here we show that a simple distributed mechanism can… CONTINUE READING