Date of Award

2012

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Gras, Robin (Computer Science)

Keywords

Computer science.

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

In this thesis, we tackle the two biological questions of Mate Choice and Species Extinction using a predator-prey ecosystem simulation named EcoSim. We conducted two experiments to studies these questions. In the first experiment, the impact of three mate choice models, random, similar, and exaggerated ornamental mate, on the behaviour and characteristic of individuals is studied. Experimental results showed very interesting genetic and behavioural differences between each model. In the second experiment, the effect of demographic, environmental, and genetic factors on the species extinction was investigated. Experimental results illustrated that some combinations of these factors can lead to predict the near future extinction with some interesting insights about the effect of these factors.

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