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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 5 2%
France 3 1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 200 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 53 25%
Researcher 38 18%
Student > Master 36 17%
Student > Bachelor 22 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 13 6%
Other 53 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 82 38%
Physics and Astronomy 33 15%
Computer Science 22 10%
Engineering 21 10%
Unspecified 18 8%
Other 39 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 503. 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 24 October 2019.
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