Diversity Dynamics in Static Resource Models

Mark Bedau, Matt Giger, Martin Zwick

Advances in Systems Science and Applications (1995) Special Issue I, pp.1-7.


We define three information-theoretic methods for measuring genetic diversity and compare the dynamics for these measures in simple evolutionary models consisting of a population of agents living, reproducing, and dying while competing for resurces. The models are "static resource models," i.e., the distribution of resources is constant for all time. Simulation of these models shows that (i) focusing the diversity measures on used alleles and loci especially highlights the adaptive dynamics of diversity, and (ii) even though resources are static, the evolving interactions among the agents makes the effective environment for evolution dynamic.