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computer simulation project

Mikael Behrens mbehrens at cs.utexas.edu
Thu Feb 25 15:53:05 EST 1993


I'm a computer science student doing a biology-related independent  
research project this semester.  I'm interested in computer simulations  
based on simple rulesets or "games," that have biological relevance  
(usually in population or evolutionary biology.)  Examples of what I mean  
are Conway's `Game of Life,' the Prisoners' Dilemma, and the Hawk-dove  
game.  I plan on writing a general simulation application that can be  
easily modified by a user or programmer to "play" these games as well as  
others.  It would serve as a framework for creating new rulesets and  
experimenting with them.  Since this is a computer science project, it  
would focus on the DEVELOPMENT of such a system, and not a specific  
biological problem.

I am still researching, and would be very interested in any comments about  
this project.  Could someone suggest good sources of information about the  
Hawk-dove game, and the Prisoners' dilemma?  So far, the three mentioned  
above are the only "games" I've come across.  If anyone knows of others  
please let me know.  I'm doing this project on a NeXT workstation.

Mikael Behrens              mbehrens at cs.utexas.edu (NeXTMail OK)
Computer Science student    University of Texas at Austin

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