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What Is GEEP?

GEEP is a system for understanding the emergent behavior of groups. In GEEP many individuals interact in real-time playing simple games through the web. For example, in some GEEP games, individuals try to solve a puzzle together such as guessing a hidden number, or drawing a hidden picture. In other games, individuals each try to forage for food pellets in a virtual world in order to win the most points, however, the success of each person is influenced by the behavior of others in the game and how people decided to crowd around good feeding spots.

Our goal with GEEP is to scientifically observe, explain, and model how groups of people behave when their behavior depends on the behaviors of others around them. Our games provide a controlled environment for studying group behavior. Our typical research cycle is to first observe group behavior in a GEEP game, and then to develop agent-based computational models of the behavior we observe. By participating in these experiments, you can find out what it feels like to be part of larger group with a mind of its own. In addition, you can be entered into competition to win prizes such as an iPod!

photo by David Wise

To learn about GEEP click here. Also, our site is set up as a resource for learning more about the science of emergent group behavior and complex systems. Please take a look around and let us know what you think!

GEEP stands for the Group Experiment Environments Project. however, geep are actual creatures made by genetists combining the embryos of sheep and goats. You can read more about them here.


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  • Rob Goldstone
  • Zoran Rilak
  • tom wisdom
  • Lisa Byrge
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