S. Kazadi and A. Lee (USA)



This paper examines the concept of swarminess, or the level of appropriateness of a swarm for a given task. We begin by defining the concept of a task and developing dependence maps including uni- and bidirectional depen dences. We then define a vector swarminess measure. We examine two broad classes of tasks known as stigmergic and command tasks. We show that the swarminess of stig mergic tasks is infinite, while that of command tasks is fi nite. We use this to examine the swarm-based construction task and determine that this task, depending on available technology, may not be swarmy.

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