Dynamic Polyethism and Competition for Tasks in Threshold Reinforcement Models of Social Insects

@article{Merkle2004DynamicPA,
  title={Dynamic Polyethism and Competition for Tasks in Threshold Reinforcement Models of Social Insects},
  author={Daniel Merkle and Martin Middendorf},
  journal={Adaptive Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={251-262}
}
In this paper we study the dynamics of task division in threshold reinforcement models of social insect societies. Our work extends other models in order to include several factors that influence the behavior of real insect colonies. Main extensions of our model are variable demands for work, age-dependent thresholds and finite life span of the individuals. It is shown how these factors influence the degree of task specialization of the individuals in a colony. Moreover, we show that the… CONTINUE READING
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