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Telepathic Goat Wrangling
Farmer Bacon has a fine collection of telepathic goats , and I've worked as his goat wrangler for the last few years. Unfortunately humans find it difficult to see the communication between goats - as it is telepathic! Wrangling telepathic goats can be a considerable challenge, as you never know which other goats matter any particular goat. So I've developed visualisations and games to help me understand the challenges of managing these fine beasts.
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Goat problems and visualiation
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The goat migration problem
Farmer Bacon has a valuable herd of telepathic teleporting goats - which is why they are very valuable. Unfortunately, their current pasture has become poor and very expensive for farmer Bacon to maintain. So he has hired you to move his goats to a new pasture for fixed price. The problem is that the more goats you move at any turn, the more they cost to move as they are pretty difficult to round up and pen before they are moved.

And the thing with telepathic goats is that they have friends! If they are moved without all of their friends they get very upset and teleport back to the pasture they came from and then have to be moved again - at more cost!
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Goat upgrading
Farmer Bacon's telepathic goats are sadly getting old. As we all know that old goats need to be replaced, to maintain the productivity of the flock. Unfortunately for farmer Bacon he only has a limited budget for new goats, so needs to spend it wisely. Goats are friendly creature and replacing goats with lots of friends is VERY costly, so you have to choose the goats wisely to maintain farmer Bacon's productivity.


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Goat grooming
Telepathic goats are very proud of their coats, and very jealous of their friends get more attention paid to their coats by farmer Bacon's groomers. Groomer's get annoyed when you change the grooming level - so you must try and keep the number of changes to a minimum...if you use too many they may quit, or refuse any more changes.
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Little Goat, Big Yak
Farmer Bacon has made a great living from telepathic goats - but their fur has gone out of fashion. And the money is now is telepathic Yaks!

Yaks need food and water, and use more than goats. Farmer Bacon knows how much food and water his goats consume (relative to a Yak) - a full circle round a goat is the requirement for a WHOLE Yak. So you need to select goats to combine together to replace with a Yak.

Be warned if the Yak has insufficient food and water it will die! So how many viable Yaks can you replace Farmer Bacon's goats with?
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Goat Art
Telepathic goats are so useful that the size of the herds has been growing rapidly. This is a major challenge to goat wranglers as we need to be able to visulise the patterns of exchange between the goats if we have a hope of understanding which goats are their friends.

Thankfully there are a few biological systems that let us cope with herds of up to 50,000 goats, which is the size of herd some of farmer Bacon's competitors run!
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Conclusions
Telepathic goats present many optimisation challenges, and as herds of them have proliferated over the planet and fill important economic roles within the goat community it is increasingly important that these beasts are well understood. The increasing challenge of the vapour goat which is even harder to spot could be a disaster for the lovers of goat's cheese.
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