Adaptive Modeling of Natural Laws
In the second chapter we mentioned that a natural law is usually expressed in terms of a relation between the variables used to characterize the state of Nature. We also pointed out that a natural law can be represented by a model formed by a mapping from the observed part of Nature to the properties of some device in such a way that the properties of Nature can later be retrieved from the model. In order to carry out a modeling automatically, the corresponding system, or the modeler, must include an array of sensors, a processor with a memory, such as an electronic computer, and an array of actuators. Our purpose here is to try to answer the previously-posed question: What are the general characteristics of an operating program that makes such a system into an automatic modeler of natural phenomena? To answer this question, we must first take into account the random character of physical variables and generalize the concept of a natural law. We then describe the fundamental operations of the system that are needed for the formation and application of natural laws.
KeywordsProbability Density Probability Density Function Natural Phenomenon Adaptive System Complexity Measure
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