This kind of stuff really needs a simple application to test the influence of certain factors. For example,
- what happens if after two years we kill all but 5 predators?
- what happens if after two years we kill all but 5 prey?
- what happens if after 1 year, for whatever reasons, the rabbits become more fertile?
There are tools schools can buy, but a) they suck and b) they are very expensive.
Introducing: "Predator and Prey" by Carsten Niehaus (tm)
As you can see the basic stuff all works. When happens when I start with just on predator but 20 prey but let the predators be more efficient hunters? Look here:
The application is written in PyQt4 using matplotlib. I would really like to express one thing: Python + Qt4 rocks. Seriously, the whole application has only 306 lines including comments!
Are you interested in the code or even in helping me writing a cool PP-Simulation? Do you think this should go into KDE EDU? I am hosting everything in GitHub: PP in GitHub.