Artificial Life and Robotics

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 500–503

Minimum Nomic: a tool for studying rule dynamics

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10015-008-0605-6

Cite this article as:
Hatakeyama, M. & Hashimoto, T. Artif Life Robotics (2009) 13: 500. doi:10.1007/s10015-008-0605-6


We propose a kind of self-amendment game, Minimum Nomic, as a model to study rule dynamics. Nomic is a game in which changing a rule of the game is a move. Minimum Nomic is a reduced version of the original Nomic, which keeps the essence but promotes the evolvability of the self-amendment game. We discuss the characteristics of Minimum Nomic from the viewpoint of how the changeability of the rules and the durability of the games change with the progress of the game. By analyzing the dynamics of purpose and goals, and the self-referential property in observations of the games played, we claim that Minimum Nomic is an interesting tool to study rule dynamics.

Key words

Rule dynamics Self-amendment Self-reference Nomic Evolvability 

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© International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (ISAROB). 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Knowledge ScienceJapan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyNomi, IshikawaJapan
  2. 2.Toyota Central R&D LabatoriesAichiJapan

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