A self-organizing model for task allocation via frequent task quitting and random walks in the honeybee.

@article{Johnson2009ASM,
  title={A self-organizing model for task allocation via frequent task quitting and random walks in the honeybee.},
  author={Brian R. Johnson},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2009},
  volume={174 4},
  pages={537-47}
}
Social insect colonies are able to quickly redistribute their thousands of workers between tasks that vary strongly in space and time. How individuals collectively track spatial variability is particularly puzzling because bees have access only to local information. This work presents and tests a model showing how honeybees solve their fundamental within-nest spatial task-allocation problem. The algorithm, which is self-organizing and derived from empirical studies, couples two processes with… CONTINUE READING

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