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Of mice and men: what rodent populations can teach us about complex spatial dynamics

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Models of complex systems need not be themselves complex, let alone complicated. To illustrate this important point, a very simple cellular automaton model of rodent population dynamics is used to generate a wide variety of different spatiotemporal structures corresponding to different forms of equilibrium, cyclical, quasi-cyclical, and chaotic system behavior. The issue of complexity as it pertains to a number of different contemporary scientific fields is then discussed, and in particular its implications for prediction. The discussion ends with some general reflexions about modeling in human geography.

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  • H Couclelis, 1988. "Of mice and men: what rodent populations can teach us about complex spatial dynamics," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 20(1), pages 99-109, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:20:y:1988:i:1:p:99-109
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