Rotor-Router Model Help Text   small 2d aggregation

Welcome to the rotor-router model help page. This page will show you how to play with the rotor-router model applet, step by step.

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Look Around

The first thing you will see is the introduction. It explains what a bug is and what it means by boxes having different states.

(In the images of the applet that follow, the layout may be slightly different from what your browser shows for the applet itself.)

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First, click on the "jump to the Applet" link. The page will jump to where the applet is located.

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Notice the navigation bar on the top of the screen. You can navigate around the page by clicking on the links.

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The button panel is on the top of the applet. The buttons from left to right are:

Graph: Choose from different available graphs or modes to show on the applet.
Reset: Reset the graph to its initial state.
Step: Run the applet by one step, and then stop.
Stage/Skip Each: Run the applet by the step size chosen in the "Skip Each" box.
Paused (Press to Resume): Run the applet continuously.
Info: Bring up an info window explaining the displaying graphs or modes.

Walk-through Example

Let's say we are interested in knowing how the one-dimensional aggregation will look like after a many stages. First go to the button panel and click on the "Skip Each:" drop-down menu. We want the animation to run as fast as possible, so we choose a step size of 100 stages. Click on "100 stages" to continue.

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Now we are ready to start the animation. Currently the graph is in the "Paused" state. Click on the "Paused (Press to Resume)" to start (resume) the animation.

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Now the applet will run by itself, 100 stages at a time. Here is how it looks after 600 stages:

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If you want to stop the animation at any time, click on the "Running (Press to Pause)" button.

If you want to know more about the current graphs or modes, click on the "Info" button. Another window will pop up showing various information about the graphs or modes.

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