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Modeling Trees with a Stochastic Matrix

A. Burns
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The College Mathematics Journal
Year: 1998
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Page range: 230-236

Modeling plant growth with a computer is a rewarding classroom experience. Students are always fascinated to see the results grow before their eyes; they want to know, “How is that done?” and “Can I do that?” With the stochastic approach to modeling nature they can create “families” of artificial plants whose individual members are not identical yet enjoy a kind of statistical similarity, just like individuals in real families.

*Applied Mathematics > Visualization
*Science > Biology