[R] Worm distribution :-)

From: Alberto Monteiro <albmont_at_centroin.com.br>
Date: Mon 23 Oct 2006 - 17:18:13 GMT

I don't know if anyone has heard this tale, but it runs more or like this way:

  A biologist was studing a (semi-spherical) cave where bats   lives. He fell asleep in the cave, and he woke up in the   middle of the night. Half-dreaming, he thought that he was   outside, because glow-worms were living in the walls, and   they looked like stars. However, he noticed that, unlike a   real sky, these "stars" had no _pattern_: there were no   recognized images like The Cross, a Scorpion, The Hunter, etc.

  When he woke up, he conjectured that the reason we _can_   see patterns in the real sky is that the stars are randomly   distributed, while the glow-worms tried to keep a distance   to each other.

My question: what is the best way to generate a glow-worm-like distribution? I imagine that using a Latin Hypercube would leave too many holes in the (x,y) plane.

Alberto Monteiro

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