Hierarchies of Machines
Computational models have been of interest in biology for many years and have represented a particular approach to trying to understand biological processes and phenomena from a systems point of view. One of the most natural and accessible computational models is the state machine. These come in a variety of types and possess a variety of properties. This Chapter discusses some useful ones and looks at how machines involving simpler machines can be used to build plausible models of dynamic, reactive and developing biological systems which exhibit hierarchical structures and behaviours.
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