A Short Discussion of Alternative Approaches to Modelling Complex Self-Organising Systems

  • Agostino La Bella
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The search for new theories able to explain and predict irregular phenomena in physical, social and biological systems has been stimulated by the recognition that traditional models, while able to replicate quite well the current behaviour of a system, cannot be reliably used for long-run forecasting because of their inability to take into account sudden structural modifications and their impact on the system. Such modifications are seen to occur frequently in social systems, seriously challenging our ability not only to make predictions, but also to reach a clear understanding of the underlying adjustment processes.


Hausdorff Dimension Strange Attractor Catastrophe Theory Sudden Discontinuity Stable Growth Rate 
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