Hierarchical cellular automata methods

Adam Dunn*

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Many real-world spatial systems involve interacting processes that operate over more than scale. Whilst there has been a strong growth in knowledge about multiscale systems in many disciplines, the advent of coupled, multiresolution, multiscale and hierarchical cellular automata has been recent in comparison. Here, the structural definition of a cellular automaton is augmented with an abstraction operator, which transforms the cellular automaton into a hierarchy of cellular spaces. Simple propagation is used as a familiar and common behavioural phenomenon in several examples of behavioural specification. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the basics of a general framework, from which may be constructed for specific applications. Simple examples from landscape ecology are used to elucidate the methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSimulating complex systems by cellular automata
EditorsJiri Kroc, Peter M.A. Sloot, Alfons G. Hoekstra
Place of PublicationHeidelberg; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783642122033
ISBN (Print)9783642122026
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameUnderstanding Complex Systems
ISSN (Print)18600832
ISSN (Electronic)18600840


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