Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


adaptation

In relation to a complex adaptive system, adaptation is a process by which “experience guides change in the system’s structure so that as time passes the system makes better use of its environment for its own ends”.

In a biological context, an adaptation is a phenotypic trait that increases an individual's or group's fitness in a particular environment. The process of adaptation occurs via modifications of the genotype or behavior of an individual or group.


Topics
Complex Systems, Adaptation
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