Progress in Theoretical Biology, Volume 3 lays particular emphasis on ecology, the theory of learning systems, and the theory of the genetic code.
The book discusses the ecosystem patterns in randomly fluctuating environments; the classical and instrumental learning by neural networks; and the genetic language. The text also describes psychophysical discrimination as well as the linear systems analysis of the calcium cycle in a forested watershed ecosystem.
Biologists, ecologists, geneticists, zoologists, and cytologists will find the book invaluable.
List of Contributors Preface Contents of Previous Volumes Ecosystem Patterns in Randomly Fluctuating Environments I. Introduction II. Community Patterns III. Meanings of Stability IV. Spatially Homogeneous Environments V. Some Effects of Spatial Heterogeneity VI. A Speculation Appendix References Classical and Instrumental Learning by Neural Networks I. Introduction II. Classical Conditioning III. Psychophysiological Interpretation IV. Outstars V. Avalanches VI. Arbitrary Anatomies and Generalized Physiological Laws VII. Serial Learning VIII. Instrumental Conditioning IX. Possible Chemical Substrates of Network Processes References The Genetic Language I. General Characteristics of the Genetic Language II. The Genetic Language at the Codon Level III. The Genetic Language at the Cistron Level References Psychophysical Discrimination I. Introduction II. Intensity Discrimination III. Psychophysical Discrimination of Simultaneous Stimuli IV. Two-Factor Elements and Psychophysical Discrimination of Simultaneous Stimuli V. Two-Factor Networks and the D(2,2) Psychophysical Discriminating Network VI. Learning Theory and the D(2,2) Psychophysical Discriminating Network VII. Autonomous State Classification and Psychophysical Discrimination of Simultaneous Stimuli VIII. Heuristic Considerations on Two-Factor Discriminating Networks IX. The Extensions of Landahl's Model X. A General Model for Psychophysical Discrimination of Simultaneous Stimuli XI. Time Quantization in a Two-Factor Discriminating Network XII. Variable Stimuli XIII. Limitations of Neural Modeling References A Linear Systems Analysis of the Calcium Cycle in a Forested Watershed Ecosystem I. Introduction II. The Modeling Approach III. Mo
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