Structure And Dynamics

The structure of a system at a given moment is defined by the types, numbers and interactions of its components, as well the momentary value of the variables describing the internal state of those components.

The dynamics of a system describes how the structure is changing with time:

(1)
\begin{align} \frac{d}{dt}\mbox{Structure} = F_{\mbox{Dynamics}}(\mbox{Structure}) \end{align}

In some complex systems, the number of components (agents) of a given type is not fixed, but can vary by birth- and death-events. With the birth of a new agent, also new interactions become possible.

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