Cross-Caste Communication in a Multi-Agent Predator-Prey Model

Chris J. Scogings and Ken A. Hawick

Keywords

agentbased models, multiagent systems, animat agents

Abstract

Communication amongst multi-agents in a system gives rise to complex emergent phenomena that remain poorly understood in terms of the underpinning mechanism. We explore communications mechanisms between multi-agents in a many-agent spatial predator-prey model. We focus on solider-worker scenarios in a community-like model where collectives compete for resources and can gain an advantage by trading off numbers of unproductive soldiers against numbers of defenseless but productive workers. We show how even relatively simple cross-caste communications allows a particular collective to maintain a smaller and therefore less expensive army by making it more mobile and responsive to enemy incursions.

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