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Echo is a simulation tool developed to investigate mechanisms which regulate diversity and information-processing in systems comprised of many interacting adaptive agents, or complex adaptive systems (CAS). Echo agents interact via combat, mating and trade to develop strategies for ensuring survival in resource-limited environments. Individual genotypes are encodings of rules for interactions. In a typical simulation, populations of these genomes evolve complicated networks of interactions and resource flows. Resulting networks may be thought of as resembling species communities in ecological systems. Flexibly defined parameters and initial conditions enable researchers to conduct a range of "what-if" experiments.

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