0th order feedback control

Information processing structure of a simple feedback control system

Synonyms: Processing structure, intercausal net
German: Wirkungsgefüge

An Information processing structure (IPS) is a model for regulatory and communication processes in complex and dynamic systems. The model may be represented in a linguistic manner, graphically or mathematically, and it may be described on a qualitative or a quantitative level.

Types Edit

Examples for processing structures in living organisms are feedback mechanisms, antagonistic redundancy and lateral inhibition.

Subfields of cybernetics dealing with processing structures Edit

Characterising, modelling and simulation of information processing structures are subjects of systems theory. Biomedical diktyology searches for motifs as representation for processing structures in complex networks.

Mathematical description and modellingEdit

Common methods for describing the relation among structure and behaviour of information processing structures are:

Additionally, the behaviour of an IPS may be studied with simulative methods (in silico modelling).

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