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—Sociodemographic studies on human migration phenomena are mostly based on surveys and censuses, which significantly increases the research costs. This scenario becomes even worse when the study involves migration and social networks, which often lacks on representative data and consensually accepted concepts by demographers and sociologists. In this paper(More)
This paper investigates the impacts of individual egoistic and altruistic behaviors in a virtual society built upon the Vidya game, used here as the social simulation and Multiagent System (MAS) platform. The Vidya game was adapted to support <i>Jivas'</i> (autonomous intelligent agents of the Vidya game) social behavior, including formation of reputations,(More)
— Search problems are sometimes hard to compute. This is mainly due to the high dimensionality of some search spaces. Unless suitable approaches are used, search processes can be time-consuming and ineffective. Nature has evolved many complex systems able to deal with such difficulties. Fish schools, for instance, benefit greatly from the large number of(More)
—Particle Swarm Optimization has been widely used to solve real world problems, mainly when there are too many variables to be optimized and these variables are continuous. In nature one can observe many examples of cooperative behaviors that lead to complex problem solving. Recently, some Particle Swarm Optimization variations gracefully incorporate such(More)