InterJournal Complex Systems, 333
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [333]
Submission Date: 405
Revised On: 405
Study of Pattern Formation by Peafowl using LEM Multi-Agent Simulator
Author(s): Anju Dahiya ,Serguei Krivov

Subject(s): CX.0, CX.34, CX.06

Category: Article


We present a multiagent model of space utilization using LEM simulator and also discuss an uncommon interspecific relation that we discovered during the simulations. Our work involved a qualitative analysis of local routes selected by the peafowl within the space of Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. A simple model of route selection and adaptation to the food sources that provide food at specific intervals of time inspired by these observations is discussed in the paper. The model allows explaining the formation of patterns of daily migration that are observed in behavior of many bird species. LEM model editor provides facilities for specification of rules of agent behavior. This allows studying the consequences of different assumptions about agent's behavior and agent's interaction. Here we present the results of a series of simulation experiments on space utilization by artificial specie "&"that mimic spatial behavior of peafowl. The models were designed to calibrate the simulator against real-world systems and to demonstrate the simulator's strength for ecological modeling. The individuals act according to simple, biologically plausible rules. We observed various biologically plausible patterns of social organization emerging as consequences of simple behavioral rules. The most significant effect registered is that the presence of a neutral species can influence spatial adaptation of "&" and dramatically change dynamics of "&" population. We termed this uncommon effect as "ethobiosis". Key Words: patterns of social organization, route selection dynamics; individual-based behavior; ethobiosis.

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