Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-010


Defensive Spiral Emergence in a Predator-Prey Model

K. A. Hawick, C. J. Scogings and H. A. James

Archived July 2004


We report on emergent spiral patterns generated from a predator-prey rule-based automaton model. We discuss some systematic analysis techniques applied to the patterns and hypothesise that their origin lies in a defensive behaviour that arises from the predator-prey interactions. We believe the emergent patterns from this simple model correspond to similar behaviours in real-world situations where two groups interact across opposing fronts such as military formations.

Keywords: artificial life, complex phenomena; emergence; spiral.

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  author = {K. A. Hawick and C. J. Scogings and H. A. James},
  title = {Defensive Spiral Emergence in a Predator-Prey Model},
  journal = {Complexity International},
  year = {2008},
  volume = {12},
  pages = {1-10},
  number = {msid37},
  month = {October},
  note = {{ISSN 1320-0682}},
  address = {Cairns, Australia},
  booktitle = {Proc. Complexity 2004},
  comment = {CSTN-010},
  editor = {Russel Stonier and Qinglong Han and Wei Li},
  url = {}

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