Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security 2007

Taxonomy for the Modeling and Simulation of Emergent Behavior Systems
O. Thomas Holland, (Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division \ Old Dominion University), orgal.holland@navy.mil


Preliminary to the establishment of a theoretical framework for the specification, modeling, and design of emergent behavior systems is the establishment of a consistent lexicon of emergent behavior terms and the development of an emergent behavior systems taxonomy. Without these two critical components of lexicon and taxonomy we will not be able to 1) understand what emergent behavior is, 2) establish axiomatic relationships, and 3) identify emergent behavior apart from other phenomena. This talk briefly presents a classification methodology based upon five orders of emergent behavior with four sub-orders and relates them to existing modeling formalisms. Current research is briefly summarized and continuing research areas are suggested.

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