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Newbie / Re: Newbie starting a complex simulation
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:12:58 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Moonfisher.
My original statement wasn't totally clear regarding what specifically I want for the simulation. Basically, I want coevolution in which there is a prey and predator species in an "evolutionary arms race". This would require populations to not die out, and if possible I'd like it to be so that they reproduce by themselves and don't have to be repopulated by the simulation.
I would like to be able to document the changes, and ideally I would start with very simple DNA that would progressively get more complicated for both species as the sim went on; however, I'd also like (again, if possible) not to have to edit or replace any species mid-sim. I realize this might be a lofty goal, but I do have a significant amount of time to get this right so any ideas you have are greatly appreciated.

Newbie / Re: Newbie starting a complex simulation
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:13:22 AM »
Peter: Thanks for the advice, and you are absolutely right I see the error in what I was saying now; unless they were all different species they would eventually just revert to what is outlined for them in their DNA. The idea I was trying to accomplish was somehow simulating the natural genetic variation in populations that exists in the real world, and how that can result in selecting for certain robots to survive. Having looked into it further, though, this might be impossible or far too difficult with Darwinbots, but that is ok because of Darwinbots' potential for interesting coevolution simulations that just rely on the DNA.

Newbie / Re: Newbie starting a complex simulation
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:07:56 AM »
Thanks for the advice Shadowgod! (Sorry I feel a little stupid but I'm not sure how to reply to you specifically, hopefully you'll see this). Those three bots sound awesome! And you're right, that is what has happened to me. But yes, it would be a huge help to me if you were to send me those bots, as I really have only just started and have only been able to slightly alter animal minimalis as of yet.


Newbie / Newbie starting a complex simulation
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:36:19 AM »
So basically, I'm new to Darwinbots and want to start a simulation for a project in my biology class (high school).

My goal is to run a coevolution simulation, with a predator and prey species evolving over time in different ways. Ideally, this would actually take quite a long time, and would be as a result of certain random mutations resulting and being selected for, therefore allowing the organisms with those mutations to survive and reproduce.

Also, it would be nice if there was a way to alter variables like size, speed, etc. manually for the starting population so that I would be able to show selection towards a specific trait, though from what I have seen of the program it relies on genes and not specific traits.

Anyway, my question is: do you have any advice for me in terms of what bots to use (I'm using a slightly altered Algae Minimalis bot that runs away and is still an "autotroph" as my prey species, and just the Animal Minimalis) and what type of general settings I should have? Thanks so much, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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