Randomly connected cells

Just before the involvement with the Chaté-Manneville automata, the programs had been modified to handle a certain number of random connections between the cells, in addition to the perfectly regular connections arising from the lattice structure. Indeed, it was originally conjectured that the collective behavior of these automata was due to an increasing randomness in the evolution function with increasing dimension; but that proved not to be the most important effect.

Harold V. McIntosh