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Conditions that are conjunctions of ranges on independent variables)? Packard (1990) proposed a more general form for conditions that also allows disjunctions (('s); an example might be where we are given two nonoverlapping choices for the conditions on x6. A further generalization proposed by Packard would be to allow disjunctions between sets of conditions. To what extent will this method succeed on other types of prediction tasks? Packard (1990) proposes applying this method to tasks such as weather prediction, financial market prediction, speech recognition, and visual pattern recognition.

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It 34 Chapter 2: Genetic Algorithms in Problem Solving illustrates the "majority" rule: for each neighborhood of three adjacent cells, the new state is decided by a majority vote among the three cells. 5, like all those I will discuss here, has periodic boundary conditions: si = si + N. 5 the lattice configuration is shown iterated over one time step. Cellular automata have been studied extensively as mathematical objects, as models of natural systems, and as architectures for fast, reliable parallel computation.

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