Practical and theoretical investigation of a collective work

Yasuhiro Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanaka

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We study the gathering objects by agents to investigate the process of collective work. We set a such simple environment of the gathering work that agents do not communicate with each other, the place to gather the objects does not exist, and a well-known simple model of gathering objects is taken. At first, we describe the basic mechanism of this model precisely. Then we simulate the model under various environments and discovered that the way of putting objects and the range of agent's operation influence to gathering work. We investigate the basic mechanism of these phenomenon and find that this model relates to an well-known problem on probability theory, the 'classical bankrupt problem'. We investigate this problem and obtain an approximate solution in the general case.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1
Event1999 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics 'Human Communication and Cybernetics' - Tokyo, Jpn
Duration: 1999 Oct 121999 Oct 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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