Learned emergence in selfish collective motion

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To understand the collective motion of many individuals, we often rely on agent-based models with rules that may be computationally complex and involved. For biologically inspired systems in particular, this raises questions about whether the imposed rules are necessarily an accurate reflection of what is being followed. The basic premise of updating one’s state according to some underlying motivation is well suited to the realm of reservoir computing; however, entire swarms of individuals are yet to be tasked with learning movement in this framework. This work focuses on the specific case of many selfish individuals simultaneously optimizing their domains in a manner conducive to reducing their personal risk of predation. Using an echo state network and data generated from the agent-based model, we show that, with an appropriate representation of input and output states, this selfish movement can be learned. This suggests that a more sophisticated neural network, such as a brain, could also learn this behavior and provides an avenue to further the search for realistic movement rules in systems of autonomous individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number123101
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalChaos: an interdisciplinary journal of nonlinear science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


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