- We're busy putting the final touches on WinCA beta #3, which
should be available in the Kitchen next week. Meanwhile here is an
interesting experiment, suggested by Janko Gravner, that uses one of several
new rule libraries in the latest version.
- Consider a hybrid of two-color Majority Vote and multicolor Plurality
Vote, both of which have been presented here before. In this instance, there
are three political parties: Blue = Democrat, Red = Republican, and now
lily White = Perot (say). Voters poll their Mr. Rodgers' neighborhood and
change affiliation to agree with that of an absolute majority there. If
none of the parties commands such a majority, then voters retain their
- This week's soup shows the result of such a system, with range 3 Box
neighborhood, started from a uniform random configuration of the patriotic
colors. Actually, to get the soup cooking one must run a few iterations of
range 1 Box Plurality Vote, then a few iterations of range 2 Box Majority
Vote, before switching to range 3. Imagine extending networks of political
awareness as the process evolves; WinCA makes it easy to 'anneal'
parameters in this manner. But observe the persistent heterogeneous pockets
amidst the clustering. We have used free boundary conditions for the soup,
which explains the prevalance of mixed populations around the edges.