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Complexity and behaviour in Leptothorax ants by Octavio Miramontes

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Author: Octavio Miramontes

Published: 2007

physiscs, biology, complexity theory, animal behaviour, ants, agent-based models


Cat: TS0001EN
ISBN:  978-0-9831172-2-3

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Social behaviour in  ants of the genus Leptothorax is reviewed. Attention  is paid  to  the existence of  collective robust  periodic oscillations in the activity of ants inside the nest. It is known that those oscillations  are the outcome  of the process  of short-distance interactions among ants and that the activity of individual workers is not  periodic.   Isolated  workers  can activate spontaneously  in  a unpredictable fashion. A model of an artificial  society of computer automata endowed with the  basic   behavioural  traits of  Leptothorax ants is presented  and it is demonstrated that collective periodic oscillations in the activity domain can exist as a consequence of  interactions among the automata. It  is concluded that those oscillations  are generic properties common to  both natural and artificial social complex systems.

Octavio Miramontes (b.1961) is a physicist with a PhD from Imperial College London. He is currently a full-time researcher at the Physics Institute UNAM, in Mexico City where he also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Complexity Sciences.
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UNAM Mexico City 2007
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