Hard Work, Risk-Taking, and Diversity in a Model of Collective Problem Solving

  title={Hard Work, Risk-Taking, and Diversity in a Model of Collective Problem Solving},
  author={Amin Boroomand and Paul E. Smaldino},
  journal={Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation},
We studied an agent-based model of collective problem solving in which teams of agents search on an NK landscape and share information about newly found solutions. We analyzed the e ects of team members’ behavioral strategies, team size, and team diversity on overall performance. Depending on the landscape complexity and a team’s features a teammay eventually find the best possible solution or become trapped at a local maximum. Hard-working agents can explore more solutions per unit time, while… 



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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2004
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