#### NAME

vants - simulate a population of generalized virtual ants

#### SYNOPSIS

**vants** **-help**
or
**vants** **[-width** *integer***]** **[-height** *integer***]** **[-num** *integer***]**
**[-rule** *string***]** **[-dense** *double***]** **[-steps** *integer***]**
**[-seed** *integer***]** **[-inv]** **[-mag** *integer***]** **[-term**
*string***]**

#### DESCRIPTION

Simulate and plot a population of virtual ants (vants).
The behavior of the vants is determined by a bit string
with length equal to the number of states that each cell
in the vants' grid world can take. If a vant walks on a
cell in state S, then the vant turns right if the S'th bit
of the rule string is 1 and left if it's 0. As it leaves
the cell the vant changes the state of the old cell to (S
+ 1) % NUMSTATES.

#### OPTIONS

**-width** *integer*
Width of the plot in pixels.
**-height** *integer*
Height of the plot in pixels.
**-num** *integer*
Number of ants.
**-rule** *string*
Rule string.
**-dense** *double*
Density of random crud.
**-steps** *integer*
Number of simulated steps.
**-seed** *integer*
Random seed for initial state.
**-inv** Invert all colors?
**-mag** *integer*
Magnification factor.
**-term** *string*
How to plot points.

#### MISCELLANY

It is definitely worthwhile to simulate multiple vants as
the possible composite behavior of multiple vants is far
different than a single vant. In fact, multiple vants can
invert the work of other vants, which yields interesting
deconstructive behavior.

#### BUGS

No sanity checks are performed to make sure that any of
the options make sense.

#### AUTHOR

Copyright (c) 1997, Gary William Flake.
Permission granted for any use according to the standard
GNU ``copyleft'' agreement provided that the author's com-
ments are neither modified nor removed. No warranty is
given or implied.

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