A function that may eventually be fulfilled by different groups of elements within a complex system.
In complex systems (a species, a brain, a society) numerous groups of elements more or less independant from each others, even when interconnected, are potentially able to fulfill the same function.
Thanks to such a mode of organization, the destruction of some group of elements does not imply, at least in some cases, the elimination of the function that they fulfilled. After a time another group form, able to insert itself into the global organization in a new way, and fulfill totally or partially the function.
Distributed functions implies redundancy in the system.
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
To cite this page, please use the following information:
Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (2020). Title of the entry. In Charles François (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2). Retrieved from www.systemspedia.org/[full/url]
We thank the following partners for making the open access of this volume possible: