Global Constraints and Diffusion in a Localised Animat Agent Model

C.J. Scogings and K.A. Hawick (New Zealand)

Keywords

agentbased modelling, artificial life

Abstract

Spatial agent models have been shown to have uses in many application areas. Localised animats with microscopically detailed rules can give rise to complex emergent patterns on a global spatial scale. In this paper we investigate the interplay between a global control parameter such as avail ability of prey’s food and the populations and growth pat terns of both predators and prey. We show that diffusive behaviour governs the microscopic animat exploration of territory and that this can be controlled by imposing sim ple spatial patterns such as areas of food abundance on the individual animats.

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