Cycle diagram

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A cycle diagram is a graph used in the study of cellular automata, wherein the nodes represent the possible configurations of a region and the links describe their interconnection by evolution. To combat the shrinkage of the region with time, cyclic boundary conditions are usually imposed. The result depicts the evolution of a unit cell for all time, in constast to a de Bruijn diagram which portrays cells of all lengths at a fixed stage of evolution. The cycle diagram will consist of trees rooted on cycles, leaves revealing configurations belonging to the Garden of Eden. Roots contain oscillators or still lifes.


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