By the same authors

Degeneracy Enriches Artificial Chemistry Binding Systems

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Author(s)

Department/unit(s)

Publication details

DatePublished - 2011
Original languageUndefined/Unknown

Abstract

We hypothesise that degeneracy in the components of an artificial chemistry (AChem) facilitates the complexity of the system as a whole. We introduce definitions of degeneracy and redundancy, and show how these quantities can be calculated for the binding system of an AChem.

We present a case study using the AChem Stringmol, in order to support our hypothesis. We demonstrate that the binding system in Stringmol has degeneracy and we create a deliberately poor variant: 'sticky-Stringmol', that has a binding system with no degeneracy. Comparing sticky-Stringmol to Stringmol, we note the loss of many simulation artifacts that have been used as evidence of the complexity of Stringmol, including: emergent macro-mutations, hypercycles, sweeps and parasite evasion. These results are evidence that degeneracy in the components of an AChem facilitates the complexity of the system as a whole.

Discover related content

Find related publications, people, projects, datasets and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations