In vivo, in silico, in machina: Ants and Robots Balance Memory and Communication to Collectively Exploit Information

  title={In vivo, in silico, in machina: Ants and Robots Balance Memory and Communication to Collectively Exploit Information},
  author={Melanie E. Moses and Kenneth Letendre and Joshua P. Hecker and Tatiana Paz Flanagan},
Ants balance the use of remembered private information and communicated public information to maximally exploit resources. This work determines how the strategy that best balances these two sources of information, and the performance of that best strategy, depend on the information in the distribution that is available to be exploited, and the number of ants in the colony. We answer this question by (1) measuring the rates at which ants foraging for seeds in manipulative field studies, (2… 

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