Computational model of collective nest selection by ants with heterogeneous acceptance thresholds

@inproceedings{Masuda2015ComputationalMO,
  title={Computational model of collective nest selection by ants with heterogeneous acceptance thresholds},
  author={Naoki Masuda and Thomas A O'Shea-Wheller and Carolina Doran and Nigel R. Franks},
  booktitle={Royal Society open science},
  year={2015}
}
Collective decision-making is a characteristic of societies ranging from ants to humans. The ant Temnothorax albipennis is known to use quorum sensing to collectively decide on a new home; emigration to a new nest site occurs when the number of ants favouring the new site becomes quorate. There are several possible mechanisms by which ant colonies can select the best nest site among alternatives based on a quorum mechanism. In this study, we use computational models to examine the implications… CONTINUE READING
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