Talk:Conway's Game of Life

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This article could actually use a rewrite since right now it is more or less just the Wikipedia article. I'll think about re-working some of the sections to make the examples and whatnot more relevant given the larger collection of Life pages available here. Nathaniel 03:43, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, I noticed. The beginning is probably still fine since wiki's introduction is okay, but you should probably go a bit more in-depth further on. (meanwhile, I'll contribute some more in the evening, and I've got a Game Theory midterm to study for till then) Elithrion 14:08, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Variations on Life

A note on the Variations on Life section: I have found that rules for life-like cellular automata are more commonly written in the form "Bxx/Syy", 'xx' and 'yy' being a list of numbers whose values range form one to eight. Those numbers represented by 'xx' would be the number of live cells around a dead cell necessary to cause a birth, while those numbers represented by 'yy' would be the number of live cells surrounding a live cell that would cause that cell to survive; so the rule for Life would be "B3/S23". Currently the section is written such that the rule is formatted "yy/xx", with survival first and birth second, and with no label to easily identify the meaning of each set of numbers. I have found that the format which I described earlier is far easier to read and avoids the ambiguity of the current format. I therefore suggest that it be changed.

Update: I see this is mentioned at the "rules" section on the cellular automaton page, but the format throughout the wiki seems to be the "S/B" form. I propose this be changed to the other form ("Bxx/Syy") to make it slightly clearer.
01:31, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Sokwe 22:23, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

That switch is fine by me, as long as the wording of the rules section is modified to point out that we're using B/S as the standard rather than S/B. Also, I still want S/B described there, since it's also widely-used by other sources. Also, at some point we should probably move the variations on Life section to the cellular automaton article (with a different title) since it doesn't make quite as much sense in LifeWiki as it did in Wikipedia. Maybe a brief subsection describing Life-like cellular automata could be included in this article (with a "Main article: Life-like cellular automaton") thing included here though. Nathaniel 11:44, 21 April 2009 (UTC)