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chaos theory

a branch of mathematics that seeks to predict widespread effects of small (or minute) and possibly remote triggering events; the unpredictable course of some epidemics and malignant metastases may accord with chaos theory.

chaos theory

The mathematical conception that some phenomena that seem random may be of a deterministic order highly sensitive to initial conditions and perturbations. There is a growing appreciation that chaos may be a feature of many biological systems and that chaos theory may prove to have many applications in medicine.
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Whatever the mechanism may be, there does not appear to be any way to test the mathematical model of a chaotic system so as to predict precise results.
The present archaic and chaotic system of charging bus fares based on the number of stops travelled within Tyne Wear needs to be overhauled.
Like many health care innovations, consumer-focused health care will sweep first and most powerfully through the United States' fractious and chaotic system, but it will not be neatly contained there.
The guilty parties seem to be the chaotic system, bad management and appalling leadership in the social work department.
A change in one of the three weather variables in the scientific equation causes unexpected results in the outcome of the weather - an example of a chaotic system.
Without descending into caricature, Professor Daunton suggests that they are part of the problem rather than the solution and that the chaotic system which he describes arose, in part, from the failure of the civil service element of this elite to be able to think of the tax system in a holistic manner.
As indicated earlier, a deterministic chaotic system is, in some respects, polar to an instantaneously unpredictable system.
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In my book, I propose that the essence of constitutional interpretation has much in common with a dynamic, chaotic system.