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Ant groups optimally amplify the effect of transiently informed individuals

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, July 2015
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Title
Ant groups optimally amplify the effect of transiently informed individuals
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Nature Communications, July 2015
DOI 10.1038/ncomms8729
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Aviram Gelblum, Itai Pinkoviezky, Ehud Fonio, Abhijit Ghosh, Nir Gov, Ofer Feinerman

Abstract

To cooperatively transport a large load, it is important that carriers conform in their efforts and align their forces. A downside of behavioural conformism is that it may decrease the group's responsiveness to external information. Combining experiment and theory, we show how ants optimize collective transport. On the single-ant scale, optimization stems from decision rules that balance individuality and compliance. Macroscopically, these rules poise the system at the transition between random walk and ballistic motion where the collective response to the steering of a single informed ant is maximized. We relate this peak in response to the divergence of susceptibility at a phase transition. Our theoretical models predict that the ant-load system can be transitioned through the critical point of this mesoscopic system by varying its size; we present experiments supporting these predictions. Our findings show that efficient group-level processes can arise from transient amplification of individual-based knowledge.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 3%
France 3 1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 188 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 50 25%
Researcher 36 18%
Student > Master 33 16%
Student > Bachelor 22 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 12 6%
Other 51 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 81 40%
Physics and Astronomy 31 15%
Computer Science 21 10%
Engineering 18 9%
Unspecified 15 7%
Other 38 19%

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