Sunday, May 15, 2005

Dear Emergent

Hey, St.Phransus, Emergent emergent emergent
or rather,
• The rainforest layer that includes the tops of the tallest trees.
• An aquatic plant having most of its vegetative parts above water. Also, a tree which reaches or exceeds the level of the surrounding canopy.
• as in an emergent property: one which cannot be observed locally in the subsystems, but only as a global structure or dynamic. We limit the usage to an emergent property or structure and not as an emergent system.
• macrophytes grow on water-saturated or submersed soils from where the water table is about 0.5m below the soil surface (supralittoral) to where the sediment is covered with approximately 1.5m of water (upper littoral).
• a type of plant rooted in shallow water but supporting stems and leaves that reach and grow up out of the water; cattails and arrowhead are emergent plants.
• Refers to a property of a collection of simple subunits that comes about through the interactions of the subunits and is not a property of any single subunit. For example, the organization of an ant colony is said to "emerge" from the interactions of the lower-level behaviours of the ant, and not from any single ant. Usually, the emergent behaviour is unanticipated and cannot be directly deduced from the lower-level behaviours. COMPLEX SYSTEMS are usually emergent.
• living things which exist in two layers of an ecosystem, such as sedges, grasses, and other vegetation which emerges from the water
• coming into existence; "a nascent republic"
• Emergence is the process of deriving some new and coherent structures, patterns and properties in a complex system. Emergent phenomena occur due to the pattern of interactions between the elements of a system over time. Emergent phenomena are often unexpected, nontrivial results of relatively simple interactions of relatively simple components.

Jonathon, are you ready for unexpected, nontrivial results??

(John, cool posting. Made me giggle.)
And I wish I could go. Sigh. Post early and often.

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