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Simulating Ecological and Evolutionary Systems in C

Simulating Ecological and Evolutionary Systems in C

by Will WilsonWill Wilson


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Computer simulations are a powerful tool for understanding ecological and evolutionary systems. Simulating Ecological and Evolutionary Systems in C models a diverse range of biological processes and systems, including competition, foraging, predation, mating systems, and life-history optimization, by simulating large collections of interacting individuals. Using the programming language C, the book starts with elementary programs modeling stochastic birth-death processes, with programming complexity increasing as the chapters progress. Wilson covers all the important features of C: arrays, files, pointers, and structures, within biologically motivated simulations. Although computer simulations of extremely complicated biological processes are released from rigid mathematical constraints, he places each of the simulations in the context of a mathematical formulation examined either analytically or numerically.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521776585
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/23/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Immigration-emigration models; 3. Logistic birth-death models; 4. Random numbers and visualisation; 5. Two-species competition model; 6. A programming project; 7. Foraging model; 8. Maintenance of Gynodioecy; 9. Diffusion and reactions; 10. Optimal allocation schedules; Index.

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