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Lakesha, Shanika, Sharhea

Today in lab, we played some games to compare simple rules with complex rules.

1. Thinking about Segregation and Intergration:

We initially thought about the world to create a hypothesis. We decided that the more open-minded the less segregation will occur. This is exactly what happened.

  • When the red dots wanted to be around 50% of their kind, it took them 12.5 years to accomplish.
  • Red dots wanted 75% of their "peoples" around them, it took 66.3 years.
  • When red dots were a little bit more open, at 25% segregation, it took only 7 years for them to get together
  • At 0%, the area/world remained random, with green and red together
  • When the red dots wanted 100% of themselves to be together, the computer program is still going, currently it is at 6000+ years. We are sure that it will continue going, meaning we could never really be fully segregated.

We tried going from segregation to randomness and the program is still going when placed on 75% different. At 25% it took them 5 years to be different.

Can segregation ever exist? Why was this word used in the 60s?

The second game we played was Cooperation. We had cooperative cows that were willing to eat only grass to a certain hieght, while the greedy cows wanted to eat everything. The more the cows eat, the more they reproduce. Initially when we started with the default settings, all the greedy cow kept on reproducing and maxed out at 4,260 cows. We actually thought they would die out, but they didn't. The next setting where we set the grass low, and the grass concentrate high, the cooperative cow continued to reproduce and the greedy cows eventually died out. The cooperative cow maxed out at 10,800.


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