A Toom rule that increases the thickness of sets
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Toom's north-east-self voting cellular automaton ruleR is known to suppress small minorities. A variant,R+, is also known to turn an arbitrary initial configuration into a homogeneous one (without changing the ones that were homogeneous to start with). Here it is shown thatR+ always increases a certain property of sets called thickness. This result is intended as a step toward a proof of the fast convergence toward consensus underR+. The latter is observable experimentally, even in the presence of some noise.
Key wordsCellular automata Toom's rule statistical mechanics
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