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Ant foraging and geodesic paths in labyrinths: Analytical and computational results

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dc.contributor.author Vela Pérez, María spa
dc.contributor.author Fontelos, Marco A. spa
dc.contributor.author López Velázquez, Juan José spa
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-18T10:09:46Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-18T10:09:46Z
dc.date.issued 2013 spa
dc.identifier.citation Vela-Pérez, M., Fontelos, M. A., & López-Velázquez, J. J. (2013). Ant foraging and geodesic paths in labyrinths: analytical and computational results. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 320, 100-112. spa
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11268/2216
dc.description.abstract In this paper we propose a mechanism for the formation of paths of minimal length between two points (trails) by a collection of individuals undergoing reinforced random walks. This is the case, for instance, of ant colonies in search for food and the development of ant trails connecting nest and food source. Our mechanism involves two main ingredients: (1) the reinforcement due to the gradients in the concentration of some substance (pheromones in the case of ants) and (2) the persistence understood as the tendency to preferably follow straight directions in the absence of any external effect. Our study involves the formulation and analysis of suitable Markov chains for the motion in simple labyrinths, that will be understood as graphs, and numerical computations in more complex graphs reproducing experiments performed in the past with ants. spa
dc.language.iso eng spa
dc.title Ant foraging and geodesic paths in labyrinths: Analytical and computational results spa
dc.type article spa
dc.description.impact 2.303 JCR (2013) Q1, 10/52 Mathematical & computational biology; Q2, 23/83 Biology spa
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.11.025 spa
dc.rights.accessRights closedAccess en
dc.subject.unesco Biología spa
dc.subject.unesco Comportamiento animal spa
dc.description.filiation UEM spa
dc.peerreviewed Si spa


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