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8.1 Simulation and Modeling

The hypertext paradigm has been applied to a biological research problem to study the energetics model of Cassin’s Sparrows [Schnase & Leggett, 1989]. This model tracked the daily energy expenditure of individual, adult sparrows. The computations and book-keeping activities associated with the simulation of the model and the analysis of field data were performed in an integrated hypertext environment using KMS on Sun workstations. Apart from hypertext related activities such as browsing, authoring, and annotating, researchers could write and run simulation programs. The resulting tables and figures could be integrated into the hypertext. This research proved that computational hypertext is appropriate for scientific applications, management of personal and group information, and community scholarship.