1 January 2018
Springer Proceedings in Complexity
© 2018, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. We present an analysis of an additive cellular automaton (CA) under asynchronous dynamics. The asynchronous scheme employed is maxmin-ω, a deterministic system, introduced in previous work with a binary alphabet. Extending this work, we study the impact of a varying alphabet size, i.e., more than the binary states often employed. Far from being a simple positive correlation between complexity and alphabet size, we show that there is an optimal region of ω and alphabet size where complexity of CA is maximal. Thus, despite employing a fixed additive CA rule, the complexity of this CA can be controlled by ω and alphabet size. The flavour of maxmin- ω is, therefore, best captured by a CA with a large number of states.
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