Costs of task allocation with local feedback: Effects of colony size and extra workers in social insects and other multi-agent systems

@inproceedings{Radeva2017CostsOT,
  title={Costs of task allocation with local feedback: Effects of colony size and extra workers in social insects and other multi-agent systems},
  author={Tsvetomira Radeva and Anna R. Dornhaus and Nancy A. Lynch and Radhika Nagpal and Hsin-Hao Su},
  booktitle={PLoS Computational Biology},
  year={2017}
}
Adaptive collective systems are common in biology and beyond. Typically, such systems require a task allocation algorithm: a mechanism or rule-set by which individuals select particular roles. Here we study the performance of such task allocation mechanisms measured in terms of the time for individuals to allocate to tasks. We ask: (1) Is task allocation fundamentally difficult, and thus costly? (2) Does the performance of task allocation mechanisms depend on the number of individuals? And (3… CONTINUE READING
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