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Event-based modelling of ecological systems with asynchronous cellular automata.

Gronewold, A.; Sonnenschein, M.

In: Ecological modelling, Vol. 108, No. 1-3, pages 37-52. May 1998.

Abstract: In this article, we give an example for the modelling of ecological systems with cellular automata based on the description of cell's behaviour by Petri nets. Petri nets allow the formal description of cellular automata with asynchronous cells' behaviour within one synchronous time phase of the automaton; i.e., within one time phase of the whole automaton, many asynchronous `mini-steps' of cells can appear. This can be used e.g. to model moving individuals that cross an arbitrary number of cells within one time phase.

By this attempt, a large class of individual-oriented models can be defined in a more abstract and formal manner than it can be done by computer simulation programs. Since Petri nets allow a graphical representation of the modelled cells' behaviour, interactions, dependencies or cause-effect-chains can be visualized in the representation of the model.

Keywords: Individual-oriented Modelling; Artificial Life; Cellular Automata.

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