Abstract

We introduce Monte Carlo Physarum Machine: a dynamic computational model designed for reconstructing complex transport networks. MCPM extends existing work on agent-based modeling of Physarum polycephalum with a probabilistic formulation, making it suitable for 3D reconstruction and visualization problems. Our motivation is estimating the distribution of the intergalactic medium—the cosmic web, which has so far eluded full spatial mapping. MCPM proves capable of this task, opening up a way towards answering a number of open astrophysical and cosmological questions.

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