Pack-Hunting Multi-Agent Animats

C.J. Scogings and K.A. Hawick (New Zealand)


Multi-agent; graphical models; predator-prey; animat; emergence.


Multi-agent systems sometimes yield surprising emergent behaviours that are unexpected given the individual or microscopic agent prescriptions. We have investigated the emergent spatial behaviour that results when predatory animats in a multi-agent system simulation cooperate while hunting. The consequences of this cooperative behaviour are significant for the macroscopic spatial patterns of both predator and prey agents. Our model is based on a very simple set of rules for individual animats, which have their own individual state, and exist cooperatively or in competition in a spatial world. We show quantitatively that cooperation allows the world area to support a higher number of agents.

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