Definition of cellular automaton in English:

cellular automaton

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noun (plural cellular automata)

Computing
  • Each of a set of units in a mathematical model which have simple rules governing their replication and destruction, used to model complex systems composed of simple units such as living things or parallel processors.
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    • 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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