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Rotation but no reflection (C4) MAP rules

Posted: July 2nd, 2017, 4:59 am
by Rhombic
These rules always preserve the rotational symmetry (i.e. a given pattern evolves in the same way when rotated by 90º) but not reflection symmetries (i.e. a pattern with a mirror plane does not preserve the mirror plane).
A reflection of a pattern evolves differently. C4 symmetry is preserved throughout.

Example: B36a*/S23 (clockwise symmetry)

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x = 21, y = 12, rule = MAPARYXfhZofugWaH7oaIDogBZofuhogOiAaIHogIAAgAAWaH7oaIHogGiA6ICAAIAAaIDogIAAgACAAIAAAkAAAA

Ironically, only C1-symmetric non-totalistic neighbourhoods can allow this kind of C4 MAP rules.
------Henceforth, a bit of a digression

Moore neighbourhood is D4 symmetry (because the corners are not equivalent to edges)
Each isotropic non-totalistic neighbourhood, due to the rotate4reflect, can be analysed with basic group theory.

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NB. the (i) and (n) for σ are used because that is the way we tend to refer to the Hensel notation of neighbourhoods. I will consider them equivalent to v(vertical) and d(dihedral) respectively.

Assigning symmetry to each neighbourhood should be easy (I have somehow messed up though and I think I have the wrong approach). Considering the 8 neighbours, what I have done that probably is wrong is to check each transformation and count the number of unchanged cells within the neighbourhood.
E=8; 2C4=0; C2=0; 2σ(i)=2; 2σ(n)=2

which is a reducible representation equivalent to 2 A1 + B1 + B2 + 2 E.

How do I move on and get the symmetries of each neighbourhood within this representation? It's obvious that for this thread title you need "chiral" neighbourhoods to get any kind of rotate-but-not-reflect thing going on.

Re: Rotation but no reflection (C4) MAP rules

Posted: July 2nd, 2017, 7:06 am
by Rhombic
In B34z'/S234z* (where ' is anticlockwise and * clockwise), a knightship puffer that, obviously, works in the same way when rotated.

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x = 28, y = 25, rule = MAPARYXfhZofugWaH7oaIjogBZofuhogOiAaIDqgIAAgAAWaH7oaIDowGiA6ICAAIAAeIDogIAAgACAAIAAAAAAAA

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x = 33, y = 9, rule = MAPARYXfhZofugWaH7oaIDogBZofuhogOiAaIDogIEAgAAWaH7oaIDogGiA6ICAEIAAaIDogIAEgACAAoAAAAAAAA

Re: Rotation but no reflection (C4) MAP rules

Posted: August 11th, 2017, 9:06 am
by Rhombic
B3-q'/S23 shows a peculiarity of rotational symmetry where not only overall positioning but also relative rotation has an impact on frequency of constellations. Obviously, if you start with a C2 or C4 pattern, the symmetry is preserved, but any improper symmetries (reflections) are not carried on. This leads to a familiar four in B3-q'/S23 that is common as one exclusive enantiomer, whereas the opposite chirality enantiomer is the common familiar four in the -q* variant:

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Bear in mind that the lack of improper degeneracy means that all spaceships are equally common in all directions EXCEPT oblique spaceships, because orthogonal directions are equivalent in C4 symmetries (think 1e or 2i), as well as diagonal (think 1c or 2n) but not oblique (like 2k, for which you can't emulate every single 2k neighbourhood by using only rotation: you also need reflection).
Knightships of all kinds will have a certain favoured slope or even only one where they function, rotationally degenerate. To classify this, I have thought of the following idea: given the two possible oblique spaceships that go in the general directions between North, Northeast and East, if the favoured/allowed spaceship is the one between...
  • ... N and NE, the spaceship in this rule would have "steep" induction/specificity, because the favoured/allowed angle from the x axis is greater than 45º
  • ... NE and E, the spaceship in this rule would have "shallow" induction/specificity, because the favoured/allowed angle from the x axis is smaller than 45º
This can be extrapolated for naming knightships in isotropic rules: a NEsh Gemini in regular CGoL would be that that fulfils the former definition. A SEsh one is a 90º rotation (clockwise) of the NEsh Gemini, the SWsh is a 180º rotation of the NEsh one, and NWsh a 270º rotation. The steep ones (NEst, etc) can be defined in the same way starting from the NEst Gemini.

NB. C4 MAP rules have no rotamers. Rotations of any pattern are equally likely to occur.