A method is presented for the formulation of mathematical models of nonlinear systems. The method employs as the underlying principle the relaxation of the requirement of explicit causality at 0- and 1-junctions. Instead, causal assignments are made which are consistent with the computing causality of the nonlinear elements, thus leading to causal violations in the conventional sense. A classification of causal violations is identified which provides information useful in the systematic derivation of algebraic equations. A most attractive aspect of the method is the fact that causal relaxation is required only when needed, and only to the extent needed.

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