Information transfer in a swarm of soldier crabs

Takenori Tomaru, Hisashi Murakami, Takayuki Niizato, Yuta Nishiyama, Kohei Sonoda, Toru Moriyama, Yukio Gunji

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    Collective behavior is broadly observed in animal groups such as insect swarm, bird flock, and fish school. Both theoretical studies and field observations have investigated possible underlying principles based on local interaction among individuals in a group without global information via conductors or leaders. Information transferred among individuals would play a key role to understand it. In this study, to investigate how individual in a swarm uses information of its own past behavior or swarm mates’ behavior, we analyzed behavior of soldier crabs Mictyris guinotae in terms of local active information storage and local transfer entropy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Mar 10


    • Collective behavior
    • Information transfer
    • Soldier crabs

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Tomaru, T., Murakami, H., Niizato, T., Nishiyama, Y., Sonoda, K., Moriyama, T., & Gunji, Y. (Accepted/In press). Information transfer in a swarm of soldier crabs. Artificial Life and Robotics, 1-4.