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Unorthodox optimal foraging theory

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As the Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour (SAB) field continues to mature, it is essential that general methodological positions become elaborated into practical programmes of research. This paper describes how a particular flavour of SAB modelling - the use of genetic algorithms to design situated agent (animat) architectures - can effectively complement `optimal foraging theory', as it is understood in theoretical biology. This allows several fundamental problems that arise directly out of the framework of orthodox optimal foraging theory to be addressed, but, as with any trade-off, is not without disadvantages of its own.

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