Applications of cellular automata: attractors and fractals in analytical chemistry?

Robert A. Lodder, Gary M. Hieftje, Mark Selby

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A cellular automaton is a discrete dynamic system of simple construction, yet capable of exhibiting complex self-organizing behavior. A cellular automaton can be used to model differential systems by assuming that time and space are quantized, and that the dependent variable takes on a finite set of possible values. Cellular-automaton behavior falls into four distinct universality classes, analogous to (1) limit points, (2) limit cycles, (3) chaotic attractors (fractals), and (4) 'universal computers'. The behavior of members of each of these four classes is explored in the context of digital spectral filtering. The utility of class 2 behavior in experimental data analysis is demonstrated with a laboratory example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages5
JournalTrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1988

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Acknowledgements This work hasb eens upportedi n part by the National Science Foundation through Grant CHE 87-

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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