A process of generation of new elements or new rules in an adaptive system.
The system may be a biological species, a genome, an artificial life unit, or a pattern recognition device, or even conjecturally a set of memes..
In J. HOLLAND's terms recombination "implements" a "pervasive heuristics" (1992, p.197)
In nearly all cases, recombination may affect in a positive way the adaptive character of the goal-seeking system, because "it provides a powerful mechanism for discovering and exploiting useful schemata "(Ibid. p. 191).
However, in some cases, it may have negative effects, as in the conjugation of two similar recessive pathogenic alleles.
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