chaos theory


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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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In terms of epistemology, chaos theory is based on fractal geometry, which focuses on nonlinear and incorrect systems and descriptive algorithm, not on linear and correct systems of Euclidean geometry.
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Using chaos theory, risk managers are able to gain insight into the true nature of risk by studying parallel systems - much like epidemiologists who follow clinical studies on different (but related) species.
Equations systems in chaos theory have several specifications that point them:
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