Definition of cellular automaton in English:

cellular automaton

nounPlural cellular automata

  • Each of a set of units in a mathematical model which have simple rules governing their replication and destruction, used to model complex systems composed of simple units such as living things or parallel processors.

    • ‘You don't get relativity by designing a cellular automaton to model Newtonian collisions.’
    • ‘The paper supports the idea that cellular automata, or simple computer simulations, could serve as flexible tools in a range of fields, says Karl Sigmund of the University of Vienna.’
    • ‘The behavior of leaf pores resembles that of mathematical systems known as cellular automata.’
    • ‘Leaving behind the theme of cellular automata, he studies Turing machines and grammar-driven systems where substitution rules allow a string of symbols to grow and change.’
    • ‘It is difficult to convey the intricacy and dynamism of even the simplest cellular automaton with a verbal description or even with static diagrams.’