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Survey paper on adaptive agents applied to advanced planning and scheduling

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This research investigates the study of the concept of adaptation as a foundation to guide management in creating a planning and scheduling system. The review paper identifies theories that are being studied in relation to the process of adaptation using genetic algorithms as well as adaptive agents in the natural and social sciences. The survey paper will begin with the definition of terms used to understand the concepts of adaptation. The terms are not new, but the definitions will include a correlation to the relevance within the adaptation survey paper. The terms identify the concepts of adaptation in relation to the natural and artificial systems. The survey paper will discuss the studies completed in natural physical sciences. Scientists are re-evaluating theories about the universe. In doing so, modern scientists are discovering new theories. The concepts are applied to the social sciences involving humans as the acting agents. The adaptation theories will be reviewed within the organisational development of a business specifically, planning and scheduling. The research paper will identify specific areas where the use of the discoveries is necessary in the economic environment and how the theories are relevant to the activities occurring within the business unit.

Keywords: adaptation, complex adaptive systems, nonlinearity, strange attractors, chaos, adaptive agents, complex systems, organisational development, genetic algorithms, advanced planning and scheduling, APS

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