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Cellular automata (Ubmkfc)

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The simplest models of spatially distributed processes. They consist of an array of cells, each of which is allowed to be in one of a few states. At the same time, each cell looks to its neighbors to see what states they are in. Using this information each cell applies a simple rule to determine what state it should change to. This basic step is repeated over the whole array, again and again. (Source: http://www.exploratorium.edu/complexity/CompLexicon/automaton.html)
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Finite automata (Ubmkf)