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Non-local Evolutionary Adaptation in Computer Science

Summary: Non-local Evolutionary Adaptation in
David Doty
Computer Science
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50010
Email: ddoty@iastate.edu
Abstract-- A simulated model of plant growth and
evolution was studied. Plants start out as seeds on
a 2-dimensional grid. Plant genomes are modeled as
instructions telling a plant where to grow and where to
place seeds. Energy is gained by occupying grid space
in analogy to collection of light by leaf surface area.
At the end of a generation, cells currently occupied
by plants are cleared and the seeds dropped by all
the plants sprout to become the new plants. Each seed
produced has a probability of mutation to the genome it
contains. The simulated plants evolve to play a game of
competitive exclusion, in which grid space is a limited


Source: Ashlock, Dan - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph


Collections: Mathematics