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Distributed House-Hunting in Ant Colonies [article]

Mohsen Ghaffari, Cameron Musco, Tsvetomira Radeva, Nancy Lynch
2015 arXiv   pre-print
We introduce the study of the ant colony house-hunting problem from a distributed computing perspective.  ...  Our goal is to use tools and techniques from distributed computing theory in order to gain insight into the house-hunting process.  ...  In contrast, the house-hunting problem is a decision problem in which all ants must converge to the same choice.  ... 
arXiv:1505.03799v1 fatcat:pdhncmqrkbgvvjcnr2hnrgbpoe

Distributed House-Hunting in Ant Colonies

Mohsen Ghaffari, Cameron Musco, Tsvetomira Radeva, Nancy Lynch
2015 Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing - PODC '15  
We introduce the study of the ant colony house-hunting problem from a distributed computing perspective.  ...  Our goal is to use tools and techniques from distributed computing theory in order to gain insight into the house-hunting process.  ...  From a distributed computing perspective, house-hunting is closely related to the fundamental problem of consensus [12, 18] .  ... 
doi:10.1145/2767386.2767426 dblp:conf/podc/GhaffariMRL15 fatcat:75che5azkraqzhly7ruyidvy6e

On Optimal Decision-Making in Ant Colonies [article]

Mahnush Movahedi, Mahdi Zamani
2014 arXiv   pre-print
Understanding such a behavior can help us design efficient distributed decision making algorithms. Marshall et al. propose a model for house-hunting in colonies of ant Temnothorax albipennis.  ...  Unfortunately, their model does not achieve optimal decision-making while laboratory experiments show that, in fact, colonies usually achieve optimality during the house-hunting process.  ...  As our long-term goal, we envision distributed decision-making algorithms based on our model for house-hunting in ant colonies.  ... 
arXiv:1408.4487v1 fatcat:6tlsopo37ffmfbyaqdh37arkxe

A Spatially Dependent Probabilistic Model for House Hunting in Ant Colonies [article]

Grace Cai, Wendy Wu, Wayne Zhao, Jiajia Zhao, Nancy Lynch
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Studying and replicating the ants' house hunting behavior will also illuminate useful distributed strategies that have evolved in nature.  ...  We extend previous house-hunting models to account for a pairwise distance metric between nests, compare our results to those of real colonies, and use our results to examine the effects of house hunting  ...  Nest-Quality-Dependent Parameters In actual house-hunting ant-colonies, the ants' tandemrunning and quorum sensing behavior is dependent on site quality.  ... 
arXiv:2106.06867v1 fatcat:3nj7w6iggjdjjppvhdiqhipfry

The Bayesian Superorganism I: collective probability estimation [article]

Edmund R. Hunt, Nigel R. Franks, Roland J. Baddeley
2018 bioRxiv   pre-print
House-hunting Temnothorax ants are adept at discovering and choosing the best available nest site for their colony.  ...  territory markers) in part III.  ...  A recent study of T. rugatlus identified four behavioral castes in the house hunting process, with a small proportion (3-12%) of the colony being 'wandering workers' (Valentini et al., 2020) .  ... 
doi:10.1101/468942 fatcat:ghin7cqzxbgglpaagspucenvmq

Moving targets: collective decisions and flexible choices in house-hunting ants

Nigel R. Franks, James W. Hooper, Mike Gumn, Tamsyn H. Bridger, James A. R. Marshall, Roderich Groß, Anna Dornhaus
2007 Swarm Intelligence  
Our study confirms, in a new way, that ant colonies can be very powerful "search engines".  ...  Our findings suggest that, in this context, the ants' procedures are such that they can sometimes avoid 'negative information cascades' which might lock them into a poor choice.  ...  We also wish to thank Tim Kovacs and the Ant Lab at Bristol for very helpful discussion. We express our gratitude to two anonymous reviewers for exceptionally insightful and helpful comments.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11721-007-0007-8 fatcat:nci6xod2ljam5m7aqqbgjltb7u

An ant's eye view of culture: propagation of new traditions through triggering dormant behavioural patterns

Zhanna Reznikova, Sofia Panteleeva
2008 Acta Ethologica  
We experimentally revealed that common litter dwelling ants Myrmica rubra effectively hunt jumping prey and the way the hunting behavioural pattern is distributed within ant colonies is rather sophisticated  ...  We consider a previously unknown way of propagation of behavioural traditions in animal communities using hunting in ants as an example.  ...  Acknowledgements We thank all colleagues who discussed these results at the XXX IEC Meeting in Halifax, 2007.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10211-008-0044-3 fatcat:evoexmmnkvdwbicj7muelgxtgq

Bio-Inspired Group Behaviors for the Deployment of a Swarm of Robots to Multiple Destinations

Spring Berman, Adam Halasz, Vijay Kumar, Stephen Pratt
2007 Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS), Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on  
Our methodology is inspired by a dynamical model of ant house hunting [1], a decentralized process in which a colony attempts to emigrate to the best site among several alternatives.  ...  Our methodology is inspired by a dynamical model of ant house hunting [1], a decentralized process in which a colony attempts to emigrate to the best site among several alternatives.  ...  A fraction p of the colony is actively involved in house hunting, and the remainder consists of brood items and other "passive" ants that must be carried to a new nest.  ... 
doi:10.1109/robot.2007.363665 dblp:conf/icra/BermanHKP07 fatcat:wasfo4qqu5fz5ilf2mvamvm47i

Information flow, opinion polling and collective intelligence in house-hunting social insects

N. R. Franks, S. C. Pratt, E. B. Mallon, N. F. Britton, D. J. T. Sumpter
2002 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
appear to employ when they are house hunting.  ...  We compare this process in honeybees and in the ant Leptothorax albipennis.  ...  THE NATURAL HISTORY OF HOUSE HUNTING IN HONEYBEES House hunting in honeybees is typically associated with colony propagation.  ... 
doi:10.1098/rstb.2002.1066 pmid:12495514 pmcid:PMC1693068 fatcat:5vhb6bkhqbd23m377ghgpst36m

Natural History of the Neotropical Arboreal Ant,Odontomachus hastatus: Nest Sites, Foraging Schedule, and Diet

Rafael X. Camargo, Paulo S. Oliveira
2012 Journal of Insect Science  
The foragers hunt singly in the trees, preying on a variety of canopy-dwelling arthropods, with flies, moths, ants, and spiders accounting for > 60% of the prey captured.  ...  The ecology of most arboreal ants remains poorly documented because of the difficulty in accessing ant nests and foragers in the forest canopy.  ...  Ants and bromeliads were  ... 
doi:10.1673/031.012.4801 pmid:22957686 pmcid:PMC3476954 fatcat:ga3ivdufgzaylc7udb4lmvqiyy

Page 215 of Great Britain. Public Record Office. Calendar of State Papers. Colonial Series. America and the West Indies Vol. , Issue [page]

1574 Great Britain. Public Record Office. Calendar of State Papers. Colonial Series. America and the West Indies  
[Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. IIT., pp. 236-37. ] Dec. 7. Minutes of a Committee for Providence Island. Proposition of Brooke House. Ant. Roberts for payment of 35/., to be recommended to the Com- pany.  ...  [Colonial Corresp., 1631, Nov. 4., pp. 37, 38.) Nov. 27. Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Answer promised to Brooke House. a request of John Hunt for discharge of his debts to the stores.  ... 

A new method for evaluating the complexity of animal behavioral patterns based on the notion of Kolmogorov complexity, with ants' hunting behavior as an example

Zh. Reznikova, S. Panteleeva, Zh. Danzanov
2012 Neurocomputing  
We compared complete and incomplete hunting stereotypes in members of a natural ant colony and in naive laboratory-reared ants.  ...  We suggest a method for evaluating the complexity of animal behavioral patterns based on the notion of Kolmogorov complexity, with ants' hunting behavior as an example.  ...  Ants were housed in transparent laboratory nests on arenas (1 Â 2 m for the ''wild'' colony, and 80 Â 50 for each of the naive colonies) and received sugar sirup and water ad libitum.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neucom.2011.12.019 fatcat:ss6thnhna5eblnmemlh6pfmxpq

A Comprehensive and Predictive Agent-based Model for Collective House-Hunting in Ant Colonies [article]

Jiajia Zhao, Nancy Lynch, Stephen C. Pratt
2020 bioRxiv   pre-print
As an example application of the framework, we adapt to it the much-studied house-hunting algorithm used by emigrating colonies of Temnothorax ants to reach consensus on a new nest.  ...  The model proved relatively weak at resolving colony divisions among multiple sites, suggesting either limits to the ants' ability to reach consensus, or an aspect of their behavior not captured in our  ...  Acknowledgements We thank Anna Dornhaus and Frederik Mallmann-Trenn for discussing the background literature and possible research directions early in the project. We also thank Emily Y.  ... 
doi:10.1101/2020.10.07.328047 fatcat:7a6dmu2vpza2jiqhwy3jvahd5m

Experience-dependent flexibility in collective decision making by house-hunting ants

N. Stroeymeyt, E. J. H. Robinson, P. M. Hogan, J. A. R. Marshall, M. Giurfa, N. R. Franks
2011 Behavioral Ecology  
house-hunting ants showing that a fixed-threshold decision strategy at the individual level can lead to experience-dependent, flexible decisions at the colony level.  ...  Here, we show that familiarization with available nest sites prior to emigration can lead to flexible collective decisions in the house-hunting ant Temnothorax albipennis.  ...  The aim of this study was to investigate these issues further in the context of collective decision making by house-hunting ant colonies.  ... 
doi:10.1093/beheco/arr007 fatcat:lnni74n7dvhmbecfvsherliw7q

Patterns in foraging and nesting ecology in the neotropical ant, Gnamptogenys moelleri (Formicidae, Ponerinae)

R. Cogni, P. S. Oliveira
2004 Insectes Sociaux  
The species used a wide array of invertebrates in its diet, hunting for live prey and scavenging the majority of the items from dead animals. The food items varied greatly in size (1 to 26 mm).  ...  The ant nested on different bromeliad species and the nests were more frequently found in bigger bromeliads.  ...  Brandão helped with ant identification, G. Machado, A.V.L. Freitas and A.X. Linhares identified some of the food items, and E.R. Pansarin identified the bromeliads. We are grateful to P.R.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s00040-003-0711-3 fatcat:f76tpjfhwbbopdsnrxhkqs5smi
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