Mechanisms of emergent computation in cellular automata

  • Wim Hordijk
  • James P. Crutchfield
  • Melanie Mitchell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1498)


We introduce a class of embedded-particle models for describing the emergent computational strategies observed in cellular automata (CAs) that were evolved for performing certain computational tasks. The models are evaluated by comparing their estimated performances with the actual performances of the CAs they model. The results show, via a close quantitative agreement, that the embedded-particle framework captures the main information processing mechanisms of the emergent computation that arise in these evolved CAs.


Cellular Automaton Initial Configuration Regular Language Finite Automaton Regular Domain 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wim Hordijk
    • 1
  • James P. Crutchfield
    • 1
  • Melanie Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeUSA

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