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Definition Edit

Emergent behavior is

that which cannot be predicted through analysis at any level simpler than that of the system as a whole.[1]

Overview Edit

"Large software and network systems demonstrate emergent behavior and the need to test for these types of behavior is now well understood. . . . Emergent behavior is not necessarily bad — for example, a colony of ants demonstrate greater capabilities and intelligence than individual ants — but understanding these emergent behaviors is critical to enable successful large scale system deployments. . . ."[2]

References Edit

  1. Report to the President: Realizing the Full Potential of Government-held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth, at 69 (footnote omitted).
  2. Id.

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