Self-organizing system

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A self-organizing system refers to a system that acquires new structure based upon the collective actions of a large number of autonomous subsystems.[1] In biology, an example might be a termite nest or a bees' nest. In chemistry, an example is the spontaneous generation of supramolecules by self-assembly from their components. In systems theory, an example is the ordering of massive numbers of individual computers via local interactions to achieve a global goal.[2]


  1. Falko Dressler (2008). “Preface”, Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks. J Wiley & Sons, p. xv. ISBN 0470028203. 
  2. Falko Dressler (2008). “Chapter 1: Introduction to self-organization”, Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks. J Wiley & Sons, pp. 3 ff. ISBN 0470028203.