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Title: Immunology as a metaphor for computational information processing : fact or fiction?
Author: Hart, Emma
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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The biological immune system exhibits powerful information processing capabilities, and therefore is of great interest to the computer scientist. A rapidly expanding research area has attempted to model many of the features inherent in the natural immune system in order to solve complex computational problems. This thesis examines the metaphor in detail, in an effort to understand and capitalise on those features of the metaphor which distinguish it from other existing methodologies. Two problem domains are considered — those of scheduling and data-clustering. It is argued that these domains exhibit similar characteristics to the environment in which the biological immune system operates and therefore that they are suitable candidates for application of the metaphor. For each problem domain, two distinct models are developed, incorporating a variety of immunological principles. The models are tested on a number of artifical benchmark datasets. The success of the models on the problems considered confirms the utility of the metaphor.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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