Modeling high-resolution broadband discourse in complex adaptive systems

Kevin Dooley, Steven Corman, Robert D. McPhee, Timothy Kuhn

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Abstract

Numerous researchers and practitioners have turned to complexity science to better understand human systems. Simulation can be used to observe how the microlevel actions of many human agents create emergent structures and novel behavior in complex adaptive systems. In such simulations, communication between human agents is often modeled simply as message passing, where a message or text may transfer data, trigger action, or inform context. Human communication involves more than the transmission of texts and messages, however. Such a perspective is likely to limit the effectiveness and insight that we can gain from simulations, and complexity science itself. In this paper, we propose a model of how close analysis of discursive processes between individuals (high-resolution), which occur simultaneously across a human system (broadband), dynamically evolve. We propose six different processes that describe how evolutionary variation can occur in texts-recontextualization, pruning, chunking, merging, appropriation, and mutation. These process models can facilitate the simulation of high-resolution, broadband discourse processes, and can aid in the analysis of data from such processes. Examples are used to illustrate each process. We make the tentative suggestion that discourse may evolve to the "edge of chaos." We conclude with a discussion concerning how high-resolution, broadband discourse data could actually be collected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-85
Number of pages25
JournalNonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

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Adaptive systems
Adaptive Systems
Broadband
Complex Systems
High Resolution
Text Messaging
Communication
Message passing
Data transfer
Modeling
Merging
Chaos theory
Simulation
Edge of Chaos
Data Transfer
Message Passing
Pruning
Trigger
Process Model
Mutation

Keywords

  • Broadband discourse
  • Communication
  • Complex adaptive system
  • Self-organization

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  • Psychology(all)

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Modeling high-resolution broadband discourse in complex adaptive systems. / Dooley, Kevin; Corman, Steven; McPhee, Robert D.; Kuhn, Timothy.

In: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.2003, p. 61-85.

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