# Checkerboard dual

The **checkerboard dual** of an isotropic non-totalistic Life-like cellular automaton is another such automaton such that
any finite arrangement of live cells in an empty universe in the original rule will behave like finite perturbations in a checkerboard universe in the dual.

That is to say, for a finite pattern *P*, a rule *R* and its checkerboard dual *C(R)*:

*R*(*P*⊕ checkerboard) =*S*(*P*) ⊕ checkerboard

where ⊕ denotes the XOR operation.

Checkerboard duality is similar to strobing duality, but applies to isotropic rules; the checkerboard equivalent of a semi-totalistic rule (such as Life) is not generally semi-totalistic. The checkerboard dual of an isotropic non-totalistic rule is also isotropic non-totalistic if and only if the original rule is self-complementary.

The checkerboard dual of Day & Night is B1e2cn3acjkr4cny5einqy6ei7c/S01e2-ei3acjkr4-ejr5einqy6-cn7c8^{[1]}.

## Finding the checkerboard dual of a given rule

Let the 'B/S conditions' of a rule be the set of 3-by-3 boxes of cells such that, after iterating by one generation, result in a live centre cell. Clearly, a rule is determined uniquely by its B/S conditions. These black/white symmetric rules have exactly 256 B/S conditions (out of a possible 512).

The correct sister rule (in your case) is obtained by XORing each B/S condition with a 5-cell X, analogous to how the strobing dual is obtained by XORing each B/S condition with a 9-cell solid box.

## References

- ↑ AforAmpere. Re: Day & Night (B3678/S34678) (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

## External links

- Adam P. Goucher. Re: Thread for basic questions (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

- Aidan F. Pierce. Re: Day & Night (B3678/S34678) (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums