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- Self-organization occurs when a system shows distinct shifts in dynamics due to variations in the parameters that govern the system. Relatedly, many human dynamic processes with self-organizing features comprise subprocesses that unfold across multiple time scales. Incorporating time-varying parameters (TVPs) into a dynamic model of choice provides one way of representing self-organization as well as multi-time scale processes. Extant applications involving models with TVPs have been restricted to formulation in discrete time. Related work for representing time-varying parameters in continuous-time models remains scarce. We propose a stochastic differential equation (SDE) modeling framework with TVPs as a way to capture self-organization in continuous time. We present several examples of SDEs with TVPs, including a stochastic damped oscillator model with hypothesized functional shifts in both set-points and damping. Furthermore, we discuss plausible models that may be used to approximate changes in the TVPs in the absence of further knowledge concerning their true change mechanisms.
- Dissertation Note:
- M.S. Pennsylvania State University 2017.
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