Calculating Randomness

9th march 2010

I was trying to find out the path taken by a chick while eating seeds from ground, assuming the seeds are evenly distributed and are of equal size.

I painted the feet of the chick and traced its footprints. I found the the chick eats-turns-eats most of the time. It does not move forward linearly while eating. It eats 6 seeds(approx) to complete a rotation. It also eats in “Z” pattern.

What I could not find is
Does it select seeds randomly?
Does it eat the nearest seed?
Does it eat the biggest seed? or both?

But i think nothing happens in random. Assuming it can eat only one seed at a time, if 2 seeds are at equal distance and have equal visual quality, there is one slight thought in the chick’s mind which makes it decide one over another.

So does Randomness really exist in Nature? I dont think so.

There are functions that generate random numbers, but there’s a logic behind those functions – so how can they be random?

Chick's Footprints

Chick's Footprints



About syedfawaz2002

I am Syed Fawaz Ahmed. I am currently pursuing post graduation in New Media Design at National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Engineer by profession, Artist at heart. I have done my Engineering in Information Science in M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology You can reach me at
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