Peter Dittrich and Wolfgang Banzhaf

University of Dortmund, Dempt. of Computer Science, Chair of Systemsanalysis (LS XI)

Self-Evolution in a Constructive Binary String System

Artificial Life 4(2), pp. 203-220, 1998


We examine the qualitative dynamics of a catalytic self-organizing reaction system of binary strings that is inspired by the chemical information processing metaphor. A string is interpreted in two different ways: either (i) as raw data or (ii) as a machine which is able to process another string as data in order to produce a third one.

This paper focuses on the phenomena of evolution whose appearance is notable because no explicit mutation, recombination or artificial selection operators are introduced. We call the system self-evolving because every variation is performed by the objects themselves in their machine form.

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