Definition of cellular automaton in English:

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cellular automaton

noun (plural cellular automata)

Computing
One of a set of units in a mathematical model that have simple rules governing their replication and destruction. They are used to model complex systems composed of simple units such as living things or parallel processors.
Example sentences
  • The behavior of leaf pores resembles that of mathematical systems known as cellular automata.
  • The paper supports the idea that cellular automata, or simple computer simulations, could serve as flexible tools in a range of fields, says Karl Sigmund of the University of Vienna.
  • Leaving behind the theme of cellular automata, he studies Turing machines and grammar-driven systems where substitution rules allow a string of symbols to grow and change.
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