How collective comparisons emerge without individual comparisons of the options

@inproceedings{Robinson2014HowCC,
  title={How collective comparisons emerge without individual comparisons of the options},
  author={Elva J. H. Robinson and Ofer Feinerman and Nigel R. Franks},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2014}
}
Collective decisions in animal groups emerge from the actions of individuals who are unlikely to have global information. Comparative assessment of options can be valuable in decision-making. Ant colonies are excellent collective decision-makers, for example when selecting a new nest-site. Here, we test the dependency of this cooperative process on comparisons conducted by individual ants. We presented ant colonies with a choice between new nests: one good and one poor. Using individually radio… CONTINUE READING
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