Visualization 2

2018-11-12  •  (Updated 2022-05-21)  •  Now in glorious technicolor!

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This visualization builds on the previous. Structurally the cartesian grid has been turned into an isometric one, but this is more of an environmental change than a behavioral one.

Behavioral changes which were made:

The second change is purely cosmetic, but does create a mesmerizing effect. The first change alters the behavior dramatically. Only the points which compete for the center are able to reproduce, but by the same token are more likely to be starved out by other points doing the same.

In the previous visualization the points moved around in groups aimlessly. Now the groups are all competing for the same thing, the center. As a result they congregate and are able to be viewed as a larger whole.

The constant churn of the whole takes many forms, from a spiral in the center, to waves crashing against each other, to outright chaos, to random purges of nearly all points. Each form lasts for only a few seconds before giving way to another.

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