Hybrid networks of evolutionary processors are computationally complete

Research paper by Erzsébet Csuhaj-Varjú, Carlos Martín-Vide, Victor Mitrana

Indexed on: 01 Mar '05Published on: 01 Mar '05Published in: Acta Informatica


A hybrid network of evolutionary processors (an HNEP) consists of several language processors which are located in the nodes of a virtual graph and able to perform only one type of point mutations (insertion, deletion, substitution) on the words found in that node, according to some predefined rules. Each node is associated with an input and an output filter, defined by some random-context conditions. After applying in parallel a point mutation to all the words existing in every node, the new words which are able to pass the output filter of the respective node navigate simultaneously through the network and enter those nodes whose input filter they are able to pass. We show that even the so-called elementary HNEPs are computationally complete. In this case every node is able to perform only one instance of the specified operation: either an insertion, or a deletion, or a substitution of a certain symbol. We also prove that in the case of non-elementary networks, any recursively enumerable language over a common alphabet can be obtained with an HNEP whose underlying structure is a fixed graph depending on the common alphabet only.