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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 4 (2001) pp 247-254

Undergraduate Projects in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Chemistry. III. Cellular Automata

Hugh M. Cartwright* and Lisa T Yiasoumis

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QZ, England

Published online: 20 July 2001

Abstract. Cellular Automata are widely recognised as the basis of “The Game of Life”. It is less widely known that they can be used to study a variety of scientific problems. This paper outlines the mode of operation of a Cellular Automaton, and illustrates its application to the simulation of bacterial growth on a virtual Petri dish.

Key Words:  Computers in Chemistry;

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Issue date: August 3, 2001

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