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Boids of a Feather


Boids of a Feather

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A simulation of Craig Reynolds ""boids"" which display flocking behavior.   See Scientific American article describing the simulation of flocking behavior. 
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: April 28, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 11, 2013
Submitter: John Lilly


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    Good quality material; may be reviewed
    avg: 4 rating
  • User review 5 average rating
  • User Rating: 5 user rating
  • Discussion (3 Comments)
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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Tom Wason
14 years ago

Tom Wason

Flocking behavior is a good analogy for many things. It would be even more interesting if the control were sliders, not toggles, so that the user could vary the strength of each factor. Also, if one boid could have a different rule than the rest, what would happen? (it would become the leader!) What if two boids had different rules than the flock? This applet raises interesting questions.

Avatar for John Lilly
16 years ago

John Lilly

Terrific Demo Applet This is a really great applet to demo the EOE--it downloads quickly, is easy to explain, and demonstrates how powerful interactivity is in certain situations.

Avatar for Dave Lilly
16 years ago

Dave Lilly

Great applet This is a really cool applet. I'm impressed by the speed of both the dowload and the simulation.