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Solving the shepherding problem: heuristics for herding autonomous, interacting agents

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of The Royal Society Interface, November 2014
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15 news outlets
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3 blogs
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79 tweeters
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6 Facebook pages
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4 Google+ users
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1 Redditor
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Title
Solving the shepherding problem: heuristics for herding autonomous, interacting agents
Published in
Journal of The Royal Society Interface, November 2014
DOI 10.1098/rsif.2014.0719
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Authors

Daniel Strömbom, Richard P. Mann, Alan M. Wilson, Stephen Hailes, A. Jennifer Morton, David J. T. Sumpter, Andrew J. King

Abstract

Herding of sheep by dogs is a powerful example of one individual causing many unwilling individuals to move in the same direction. Similar phenomena are central to crowd control, cleaning the environment and other engineering problems. Despite single dogs solving this 'shepherding problem' every day, it remains unknown which algorithm they employ or whether a general algorithm exists for shepherding. Here, we demonstrate such an algorithm, based on adaptive switching between collecting the agents when they are too dispersed and driving them once they are aggregated. Our algorithm reproduces key features of empirical data collected from sheep-dog interactions and suggests new ways in which robots can be designed to influence movements of living and artificial agents.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 136 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 23%
Researcher 25 17%
Student > Master 16 11%
Student > Bachelor 16 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 7%
Other 26 18%
Unknown 19 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 33 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 18%
Computer Science 22 15%
Physics and Astronomy 10 7%
Environmental Science 6 4%
Other 25 17%
Unknown 23 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 205. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 June 2021.
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#140,070
of 21,550,416 outputs
Outputs from Journal of The Royal Society Interface
#73
of 2,954 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,304
of 214,791 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of The Royal Society Interface
#1
of 78 outputs
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