Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 3002, 2004, pp 143-149

Some Notes on Behavior in Structural Computing

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Behavior has only recently received the attention of structural computing research. Thus, the exact relation of behavior to structure is to a large extent unspecified. Current structural computing research still views behavior as something that is orthogonal to structure: something that has to be added on top of it. In this paper, we attempt to create a framework to discuss the notions of structure, function and behavior. We argue that a structure exhibits behavior, behaviors effects function, and function enables purpose. Moreover, we point out propagation as an inherent behavioral capability of relationships. This discussion aims at providing the ground to recognize the variant and invariant behaviors found in structures.