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Sequential dynamical systems over words. (English) Zbl 1134.37312
Summary: This paper is motivated by the theory of sequential dynamical systems (SDS), developed as a basis for a mathematical theory of computer simulation. A sequential dynamical system is a collection of symmetric Boolean local update functions, with the update order determined by a permutation of the Boolean variables. In this paper, the notion of SDS is generalized to allow arbitrary functions over a general finite field, with the update schedule given by an arbitrary word on the variables. The paper contains generalizations of some of the known results about SDS with permutation update schedules. In particular, an upper bound on the number of different SDS over words of a given length is proved and open problems are discussed.
MSC:
37B10Symbolic dynamics
68Q45Formal languages and automata
68U20Simulation