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On the Incorporation of a Developmental Process in a System of Self-Replicating Programs

Tim Taylor
1996
Abstract

This paper describes work I intend to pursue over the course of my PhD (although it presents a discussion of general ideas rather than a detailed research proposal—that will come later). My primary research interest is in the study of evolutionary processes through the use of computational models. In particular, I intend to study evolution in systems of self-replicating programs, especially those in which there is a developmental process to map genotypes to phenotypes. The reasons for this choice, and discussion of the analogy I wish to draw between the proposed digital system and existing biological systems, are explained. I believe that this work will be of interest both from the perspective of making some contribution to our understanding of biological evolution and also from the perspective of the evolution of computer programs in their own right.

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Taylor, T. (1996). On the Incorporation of a Developmental Process in a System of Self-Replicating Programs (Departmental Working Paper No. 258). Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh.

BibTeX

@techreport{taylor1996incorporation,
  author = {Taylor, Tim},
  title = {On the Incorporation of a Developmental Process in a System of Self-Replicating Programs},
  institution = {Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh},
  year = {1996},
  type = {Departmental Working Paper},
  number = {258},
  month = jan,
  category = {techreport},
  keywords = {cosmos}
}

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