Ideal Free Distribution in Agents with Evolved Neural Architectures

@inproceedings{Griffith2006IdealFD,
  title={Ideal Free Distribution in Agents with Evolved Neural Architectures},
  author={Virgil Griffith and Larry S. Yaeger},
  year={2006}
}
We investigate the matching of agents to resources in a computational ecology configured to present heterogeneous resource patches to evolving, neurally controlled agents. We repeatedly find a nearly optimal, ideal free distribution (IFD) of agents to resources. Deviations from IFD are shown to be consistent with models of human foraging behaviors, and possibly driven by spatial constraints and maximum foraging rates. The lack of any model parameters addressing agent foraging or clustering… CONTINUE READING

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