Considerations in Analyzing Ecological Dependent Populations in a Changing Environment
Simulation is often used during the development of a system to study the performance of a trial design. On the basis of information gained through this process, the design may be modified and retested. Thus, software offers the convenience of introducing changes or fixes without major effort, whereas it could be quite difficult or even impossible to modify an already built hardware for instance. Moreover, scenarios exist where a simulation offers not only the cheaper, but also the safer and ethically more acceptable solution as is the case with nearly any experiment involving live organisms. This paper summarizes the work done on the subject of simulating the dynamics between populations of various organisms that share an environment. The main goal is to introduce an application that visualizes comprehensively their interaction while offering means to conduct experiments with ecological nature.
KeywordsPopulation dynamics simulation Ecological simulation Agent based modelling Predator/Prey relation
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