The emergence of the concept of a tool in food-retrieving behavior of the ants Formica japonica Motschulsky

Nobuhide Kitabayashi*, Yoshiyuki Kusunoki, Yukio Pegio Gunji

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研究成果: Article査読

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We propose a weak definition for the usage of a tool for an ethological study of ants. In particular, we illustrate the usage of a cart in experiments on the transportation of foods by ants as employing a logical structure including a contradiction. The contradiction originates in ruling out the very term 'tool' from the description of the behavior of the animals. Focusing on a self-similar structure underlying the description of a contradiction, we observe a particular time-series sequence of ants' behaviors following a 1/f or Zipf's law. The behaviors following the 1/f or Zipf's law manifest an appropriateness of the notion of a cart as a logical jump. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)143-155
ページ数13
ジャーナルBioSystems
50
2
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 1999 5
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 統計学および確率
  • モデリングとシミュレーション
  • 生化学、遺伝学、分子生物学(全般)
  • 応用数学

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