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Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

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Physics/Applied Physics

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The forest fire model has frequently been used as a way to test the theory of Self-Organized Criticality, which is a model of complexity. The model analyzes commonalities in randomly generated forest fires using a computer simulation. In previous models, only the nearest neighbors to a tree on fire catch on fire, and it has been assumed that if further neighboring trees also catch on fire, then it will still exhibit self-organized criticality. Testing this assumption aids to the exploration of the applicability of self-organized criticality because the model is the most useful when it applies to a large range of systems, as closely related to nature as possible.

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Expanded Parameters in the Self-Organized Critical Forest Fire Model

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

The forest fire model has frequently been used as a way to test the theory of Self-Organized Criticality, which is a model of complexity. The model analyzes commonalities in randomly generated forest fires using a computer simulation. In previous models, only the nearest neighbors to a tree on fire catch on fire, and it has been assumed that if further neighboring trees also catch on fire, then it will still exhibit self-organized criticality. Testing this assumption aids to the exploration of the applicability of self-organized criticality because the model is the most useful when it applies to a large range of systems, as closely related to nature as possible.

 

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