Diversity and Complexity

ISBN-10: 0691137676

ISBN-13: 9780691137674

Edition: 2011

Authors: Scott E. Page
List price: $19.95
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Description: 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 complex adaptive systems, diversity makes fundamental contributions to system performance.Scott Page gives a concise primer on how diversity happens, how it is maintained, and how it affects complex systems. He explains how diversity underpins system level robustness, allowing for multiple responses to external shocks and internal adaptations; how it provides the seeds for large events by creating outliers that fuel tipping points; and how it drives novelty and innovation. Page looks at the different kinds of diversity--variations within and across types, and distinct community compositions and interaction structures--and covers the evolution of diversity within complex systems and the factors that determine the amount of maintained diversity within a system. Provides a concise and accessible introduction Shows how diversity underpins robustness and fuels tipping points Covers all types of diversity The essential primer on diversity in complex adaptive systems

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
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
Bibliography
Notes
Index
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