How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour
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In this article, I will describe how a simple, curiosity-based experiment to understand how ants are smart enough to choose the shortest path led the exploration of self-organization and swarm-intelligence and resulted in major applications in computer science and optimization algorithms. The focus will be on curiosity, simplicity, interdisciplinarity, and being unmindful of immediate applications.
KeywordsEthology Argentine ants trail pheromone experimental design ant colony optimization
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