Volatility and spatial distribution of resources determine ant foraging strategies

  title={Volatility and spatial distribution of resources determine ant foraging strategies},
  author={Drew Levin and Joshua P. Hecker and Melanie E. Moses and Stephanie Forrest},
Social insect colonies have evolved collective foraging strategies that consist of many autonomous individuals operating without centralized control. The ant colony optimization (ACO) family of algorithms mimics this behavior to approximate solutions to computationally difficult problems. ACO algorithms focus on pheromone recruitment, which is only one of several known biological foraging strategies. Here, we use a spatial agent-based model to simulate three foraging strategies: pheromone… 
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