Conference proceedings article

A base for simulating information distribution

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Author list: EGONSDOTTER G, EGONSDOTTER G, EGONSDOTTER G, Palmius J

Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum

Place: New York

Publication year: 2002

Start page: 449

End page: 456

Number of pages: 8

ISBN: 0-306-47247-3

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Abstract

A common problem with implementation of new communications hardware is that it is difficult to predict their effects on the information flow in an organisation. This leads to hardware investments, which are at best based on qualified guesses that they will improve the situation, and at worst based on half-pronounced promises from the local computer salesman. To help this problem it would be desirable to be able to simulate the information flow in an organisation in such a way that the effects of new hardware implementations could be studied. As the information flow in an organisation can be said to be a complex system, a Cellular Automata (CA) approach is appropriate to build such a simulation. CA approaches have been used for several simulations of complex situations before, as an example, models of combat (Dockery, and Woodcock, 1993) and models of traffic flow (Wahle, et al, 1999). In order to create a simulation, behaviour and information flows must be analysed and formalised using a computer-parsable notation language.


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