On the advantages of non-cooperative behavior in agent populations

Pudmenzky, Alexander (2006) On the advantages of non-cooperative behavior in agent populations. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 71 1: 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.matcom.2005.07.003

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Author Pudmenzky, Alexander
Title On the advantages of non-cooperative behavior in agent populations
Journal name Mathematics and Computers in Simulation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-4754
Publication date 2006-03
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.matcom.2005.07.003
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Editor Robert Beauwens
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 230100 Mathematics
780101 Mathematical sciences
Abstract We investigate the amount of cooperation between agents in a population during reward collection that is required to minimize the overall collection time. In our computer simulation agents have the option to broadcast the position of a reward to neighboring agents with a normally distributed certainty. We modify the standard deviation of this certainty to investigate its optimum setting for a varying number of agents and rewards. Results reveal that an optimum exists and that (a) the collection time and the number of agents and (b) the collection time and the number of rewards, follow a power law relationship under optimum conditions. We suggest that the standard deviation can be self-tuned via a feedback loop and list some examples from nature were we believe this self-tuning to take place.
Keyword Agent population
Reward collection
Armed bandit search
Optimum standard deviation
Exploitation and exploration
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
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