Definition of cellular automaton in US English:

cellular automaton


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

    • ‘The behavior of leaf pores resembles that of mathematical systems known as cellular automata.’
    • ‘You don't get relativity by designing a cellular automaton to model Newtonian collisions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is difficult to convey the intricacy and dynamism of even the simplest cellular automaton with a verbal description or even with static diagrams.’