The entrepreneur is anxious to hedge his bets on this project and has hired both you and a competitor to develop Softies. Your competitor has a single large kennel complex in which he plans to house 500 dogs; you have opted for five independent kennel locations each housing 100 dogs. Both of you plan to visit animal shelters and take the first 500 nonspayed/neutered dogs you find (i.e., you will start off the initial population with “random” characteristics). Both your competitor and you plan to keep the population sizes constant in your kennels while breeding successive generations of dogs. You both plan to have each kennel location retain its two parents in the current generation that best match the standard for the Softie breed. In addition, since a pair of parents may have multiple offspring in a given litter (corresponding to making multiple “cuts” and crossovers), both of you plan to give away (to your friends) the offspring that least conform to the standards for Softies, as needed, to keep your local populations constant. The major difference between the two approaches you and your competitor are using is that he has a single large population while you have five independent kennel “subcontractors” each working with an isolated subpopulation. He will simply produce n generations of offspring; your subcontractors each will produce five generations of offspring in isolation, and only then send their two most fit dogs to their neighbors (A sends one to B and one to E, B sends one to A and one to C, etc.), as in the island model.

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