Team Number: 038
School Name: Los Alamos High School
Area of Science: Computer Science and Mathematics
Project Title: A Novel New Idea for the Monte Carlo Simulation
We're working on it...
Right now, we've been messing around with math and probabilities. We have talked with some experts on Monte Carlo algorithms and have written a few of our own. All of the members of the group demonstrate a clear understanding of the Monte Carlo method, its background, and its potential uses. Specifically, we have been developing mathematical algorithms for our ants' behavior (the rules) and for our influence on the ants' behavior.
The random number generator may end up being the most important component of our program; therefore, we`re making sure that it is up to speed. We have tested it in a variety of languages (c++, java, fortran) with different configurations in a program to calculate pi to 10 digits while measuring accuracy and speed. So far, we can use this random number loop (mod[polynomial]) in fortran to produce 1E6 random numbers (00:2:17) to implement the monte carlo method and get pi accuracy to 7 digits. With this encouraging result, we have begun to code the final ant program.