John-Paul McBride can be seen here in his natural habitat. JP graduated with a BS in math from University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently pursuing graduate studies. Areas of interest include surreal number theory, skiing, Go, biking, and philosophical schools of Mauryan-period India.
Project: Rule 45: an Exposé
Elementary CA rule 30 is the prototypical random number generator, but there are other cellular automata that produce similar behavior and could perhaps be better random number generators than rule 30. In this project, we will investigate elementary cellular automaton rule 45 and compare its statistical properties to the known properties of rule 30, such as the relative frequencies of blocks of cells of various lengths.
Favorite Four-Color Totalistic Cellular Automaton