I might be interested in exploring this with you — I was an evolutionary ecologist once-upon-a-time (biology PhD). But I’ll be upfront in saying it’s been a LONG time since I’ve done any population biology (and the sort that your speaking of, while part of my coursework, was not part of my PhD).
I’d also wonder how change in the “environment” impact the fitness of “organisms”? Ie, a program that was “adapted” to its environment a decade ago might be woefully mal-adapted today. Interesting to think about how far this analogy can be taken — programs do not live or die solely by how “fit” (good?) they are, but also politics, mandates….
This would be an interesting intellectual exercise. Would need to think through whether it would useful in a practical sense (though I’m all for science for science sake)?
At the moment, things are very busy with work, but I might be able to set some time aside.
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