A splitting in two. The term can be applied in computing in various
1. Bifurcation is the generic name for a collection of algorithms that initially
convert a decision table into a
tree structure, which can then be
systematically encoded to produce a program.
The bifurcation method involves
choosing some condition C and eliminating it from the decision table to produce
two sub-tables, one corresponding to the case when C is true and the other to
when C is false. The method is then applied recursively to the two subtables.
From this approach a decision tree can be built, each node of
the tree representing a condition and subtrees representing subtables; leaf
nodes identify rules.
2. Bifurcation theory is the theory of equilibrium solutions of nonlinear
differential equations; an equilibrium solution is a steady solution, a time
periodic, or quasi-periodic solution. Generally bifurcation points are points at
which branches and therefore multiple solutions appear.