Nature has moments both of order and chaos. Interestingly enough, those forms that are considered most fit actually reside someplace in between. This phenomenon applies to business and software agents, as well. This chapter discusses how agent systems can actually perform better on the edge of chaos.


Cellular Automaton Agent System Cellular Automaton Agent BEHA VIOR Complex Adaptive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James J. Odell
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  1. 1.James Odell AssociatesAnn ArborUSA

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