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Evolution of an optimal lexicon under constraints from embodiment. / Zuidema, W ; Westermann, G .

In: Artificial Life, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003, p. 387-402.

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Zuidema, W ; Westermann, G . / Evolution of an optimal lexicon under constraints from embodiment. In: Artificial Life. 2003 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 387-402.

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