The Bak–Sneppen model is a simple model of co-evolution between interacting species. It was developed to show how self-organized criticality may explain key features of the fossil record, such as the distribution of sizes of extinction events and the phenomenon of punctuated equilibrium. It is named after Per Bak and Kim Sneppen.
The model dynamics repeatedly eliminates the least adapted species and mutates it and its neighbors to recreate the interaction between species. A comprehensive study of the details of this model can be found in Phys. Rev. E 53, 414–443 (1996). A solvable version of the model has been proposed in Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 348–351 (1996), which shows that the dynamics evolves sub-diffusively, driven by a long-range memory.
We consider N species, which are associated with a fitness factor f(i). They are indexed by integers i around a ring. The algorithm consists in choosing the least fit species, and then replacing it and its two closest neighbors (previous and next integer) by new species, with a new random fitness. After a long run there will be a minimum required fitness, below which species don't survive.
- Bak, P. (1996). How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality. New York: Copernicus. ISBN 0-387-94791-4.
- Bak, P. and Kim Sneppen (1993). "Punctuated equilibrium and criticality in a simple model of evolution". Physical Review Letters 71 (24): 4083–4086. Bibcode:1993PhRvL..71.4083B. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.71.4083. PMID 10055149.
- Kim Sneppen (1992). "Self-organized pinning and interface growth in a random medium". Physical Review Letters 69 (24): 3539–3542. Bibcode:1992PhRvL..69.3539S. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.69.3539. PMID 10046847.
- Bak–Sneppen Evolution Model as an interactive java applet.
|This evolution-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|