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Diversity and complexity

Author: Scott E Page
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c 2011.
Series: Primers in complex systems.
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"This book provides an introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems. A complex system--such as an economy or a tropical ecosystem--consists of interacting adaptive entities that produce dynamic patterns and structures. Diversity plays a different role in a complex system than it does in an equilibrium system, where it often merely produces variation around the mean for performance measures. In  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott E Page
ISBN: 9780691137674 0691137676
OCLC Number: 466341428
Description: x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prelude : The meaning of diversity --
On diversity and complexity --
Measuring diversity --
The creation and evolution of diversity --
Constraints on diversity --
Variation in complex systems --
Diversity's inescapable benefits I : averaging --
Diversity's inescapable benefits II : diminishing returns to types --
Diversity's impact in complex systems --
Parting thoughts.
Series Title: Primers in complex systems.
Responsibility: Scott E. Page.

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Diversity plays a different role in a complex system than it does in an equilibrium system, where it often produces variation around the mean for performance measures. Offering an introduction to the  Read more...

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