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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

This project is for someone with an interest in dance and human movement.

First you need to research to find a computer model of the human body, how flexible the various joints are, how fast the muscles can move them in various directions, etc. Then you simulate a human body dancing. Bascially, it would move randomly subject to the rules of what a human body can do. If you watched it long enough it might do something novel. You might be able to compose rules so it would not just twitch, but tended to make moves that were aesthetically pleasing. Your goal is to discover those rules. If you came up with series of new eye-catching moves, you might find the world’s most famous dancers came to see you for new ideas.

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