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Practical investigations of complex systems


Practical investigations of complex systems

Brodu, Nicolas (2007) Practical investigations of complex systems. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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What's currently called Complexity Science suffers from an unfortunate lack of consensus as to what is meant by these terms. A review of the common notions shows a field mined by controversies, with as many frameworks for the study of Complex Systems as there are authors who propose a generic one. This document is thus not an attempt to create yet another framework, but rather an application of the traditional scientific methodology to some Complex Systems in the domain of Computer Science. It is a demonstration that even for this field, the concrete application of predictive experiments set up to challenge the extent of the main notions proves fruitful. Moreover the tools and methods that are created along the way because they were necessary to carry on experiments represent by themselves an opportunity for making progress in the domain. This is precisely the case in the present Computer Science context in the form of new algorithms, that were successfully applied to the main experiments. Hence this work is both a call for a more classical and practical approach to Complexity, and a concrete application example for that call.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Brodu, Nicolas
Pagination:x, 215 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Thesis Supervisor(s):Grogono, Peter
Identification Number:LE 3 C66C67P 2007 B76
ID Code:975370
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:06
Last Modified:13 Jul 2020 20:07
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