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Smart Swarms of Bacteria-Inspired Agents with Performance Adaptable Interactions

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Comparison of the interaction mechanisms as a function of group size.

A. Agents with adaptable interactions find the target faster than interacting agents. Both are much faster than independent agents. The median path length increases as a function of group size for independent agents due to an increase in the sample size. It decreases for interacting agents and for agents with adaptable interactions due to the collection of information from more agents. B. Alignment decreases as a function of group size. Independent agents are not aligned while agents with adaptable interactions are less aligned than interacting agents. C. For agents with adaptable interactions, group average weight is not strongly dependent on group size. The average weight of agents with adaptable interactions is lower than the constant predetermined weight of interacting agents. Nonlinearity cause lower average weights, which correspond to higher conformism and implies higher group alignment, to couple with lower alignment. D. The average number of clusters increases with the group size. Independent agents are highly clustered while agents with adaptable interactions are more clustered than interacting agents. Simulation parameters are as in Figure 8, apart from. Error bars represent standard error.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002177.g010